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Marmol, Clevenger set for rehab stints

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Marmol, Clevenger set for rehab stints

Carlos Marmol has drawn the ire of Cubs fans this season with his struggles at closer before heading to the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Catcher Steve Clevenger, on the other hand, had fans excited about his potential when he got off to a blazing hot start to the season before injuring his oblique and rib cage.

Both players may be back at Wrigley Field soon.

Marmol is slated to begin a rehab assignment later this week. Cubs.com's Carrie Muskat says Marmol will throw a simulated game Wednesday and then the plan is for him to pitch in a game on Friday.

Clevenger hasn't played since April 26 and took batting practice this weekend for the first time. He's scheduled to play Tuesday and work his way up from there.

Their return to the Cubs would provide a boost to a team in need of one. The Cubs had to scramble to sign Koyie Hill this weekend after Geovany Soto landed on the DL and Welington Castillo injured his knee. Clevenger would be a big addition to the lineup with both his bat and his work behind the plate.

The bullpen, meanwhile, is in shambles after Kerry Wood's retirement and a myriad of other injuries following Marmol's. James Russell, Rafael Dolis and Shawn Camp are the only carry-overs from the Opening Day roster and Marmol's return could bolster the relief corps, especially if he's able to get back on track.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Laying out a Báez extension and why Contreras' trade value spiked

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Laying out a Báez extension and why Contreras' trade value spiked

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan gives his thoughts on what a Javier Báez extention could look like. He also discusses how Yasmani Grandal signing with the White Sox increases Willson Contreras' trade value.

1:25 - Will Cubs and Javy Báez agree on a contract extension?

3:44 - If Báez doesn't want to commit long term, do Cubs trade him now?

6:15 - Kap gives his proposed deal that Báez could accept.

8:41 - Will Cubs lock up other key players with same type of mentality?

10:52 - Will Cubs be willing to trade Willson Contreras?

11:55 - With Grandal to the White Sox, teams might be more willing to part with their best prospects with Contreras in a deal.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Soups on — Brian Campbell on his career with the Blackhawks and what’s next

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Soups on — Brian Campbell on his career with the Blackhawks and what’s next

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks to former Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion, Brian Campbell.

They discuss his “One Last Shift” at the United Center this week, the rocky relationship he had with Joel Quenneville in year one and when he knew he was out of Q’s doghouse.

Campbell tells us the moment in 2010 when he knew the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup contenders. He also talks about the injury he received from Alex Ovechkin and his return to the line-up in the middle of the Nashville series.

Soupy tells us about his work with defenseman, such as Adam Boqvist, and how the Blackhawks tweaked defensive zone system has helped the team in recent weeks.

0:30 - What was “One more shift” like?

1:30 - What did your daughters Harper & Everly think about “One More Shift”?

3:00 - Back in 2008, how many teams did it come down to before you decided on Hawks?

4:45 - Taking less term in Chicago

6:00 - Rough start with Joel Quenneville

7:30 - When Campbell knew he was out of Q’s dog house

9:00 - Hossa’s debut signals Cup Contender

10:00 - Campbell injury from Ovechkin

11:00 - Return in Nashville series

12:30 - Soupy meets future wife

13:30 - Sweet Home Chicago

15:00 - Current role with Hawks

16:30 - Working with Adam Boqvist & Nicholas Beaudin

20:30 - Is Gustafsson back?

22:30 - Tweaked DZ coverage scheme

24:00 - “Soup and a Sandwich”

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