I'm not sure who had it first and I don't care enough to go back and look, but both Carrie Muskat and Paul Sullivan have reported that Carlos Marmol has been placed on the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring last night, with Casey Coleman being called up to replace him on the roster.
Muskat is also reporting that Coleman will not arrive to Miller Park in time for the first pitch of today's game at 12:05.
This could end up being one of the best things to happen to Marmol this season, since he will now be eligible to appear ina few rehab games in the minors before coming off the DL. This saves the embarassment of asking a veteran to go back down to the minors (and I think he'd have to clear waivers first anyway). It also prevents him from continuing to get lit up at the major league level while he tries to work out whatever it is that has been wrong.
But I'm not celebrating his injury like many undoubtedly will. The overwhelming sentiment on Twitter has been that Marmol sucks and the Cubs should never ever pitch him in any situation that doesn't involve a gigantic lead or deficit. Some seem to apply the Zambrano Syndrome to Marmol, believing that the problems are all in Marmol's head and implying that he is pitching poorly because he doesn't care or some stupid nonsense.
I don't know what's wrong with Carlos Marmol. If I did, you can bet I'd have a much different job and make a lot more money than I currently do. But I do know that he is very capable of being an above average reliever. His velocity is down, his slider isn't sliding and nobody seems to know why. He's never had good control, so that just makes his loss of stuff worse and more frustrating to watch.
But can the Cubs afford to give up on him? Should they just lump him onto the already giant piles of dead money that continues to plague this roster? Should the Cubs give up on him and pay him to pitch for someone else while getting almost nothing in return? I'm not ready to go there yet.
Maybe I'm an idiot, but I think Marmol still has some life left in his arm and hopefully his rehab stint can help him find it.