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.