Manager Dale Sveum has announced today that Carlos Marmol will no longer be closing games for the Chicago Cubs. He will be replaced by Kyuji Fujikawa for the time being.
Marmol’s hold on the closer role has been tenuous over the last couple of seasons. The last straw came last night, when he blew a save by giving up a game-tying and walk-off home runs to the Upton brothers. Marmol has given up at least one run in three appearances already this season, and though the season is still young, his current ERA is 27.00.
Sveum has stated that he wants Fujikawa to remain in the closer role for the duration of the season. Fujikawa was a closer in Japan for 12 seasons, amassing 196 saves during his playing days in that country.