According to several reports out of Chicago Carlos Marmol’s early exit from Friday’s game was due to an injury. Marmol felt pain in his right bicep while attempting to throw out Albert Pujols in the 3rd inning on Friday.
The Cubs and trainer Mark O’Neal are calling his condition day-to-day. Marmol is to be examined on Sunday by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. According to a report in the Sun-Times, Marmol said the biceps was bothering him as he pitched, but he felt pain on the errant throw to second; he hit the next batter. The Cubs injury problems with their pitching staff continue to mount. At some point the countless numbers of injuries suffered by Cubs’ pitchers have to be addressed. While pitchers across the league have had problems this season, traditionally it seems that a majority of the arm problems reported in the Majors come out of the Northside of Chicago. While Kerry Wood and Mark Prior remain a “mystery”, the addition of Carlos Marmol to an injury list that includes Sean Marshall and Glendon Rusch, the big question that comes to mind is….Is it conditioning, or coaching?