(ATLANTA) — The Chicago Cubs have finally had enough of the erratic Carlos Marmol, as the team has demoted him and he is no longer the team’s closer.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday that the team will instead make rookie Kyuji Fujikawa the team’s closer.
On Saturday against the Braves, Marmol gave up game-tying and winning home runs to B.J. and Justin Upton in the ninth inning.
Despite his electric arm, Marmol has always walked a fine line when it came to finishing games. In 2011, Marmol closed 34 games and struck out 99 batters, but he also blew 10 saves and had a 4.01 ERA. For now, Marmol is accepting the demotion.
“You can’t complain about it,” Marmol said. “They say it’s better for me and for the team. I’ll take it. I agree.”
Meanwhile, Fujikawa, a Japanese rookie pitcher, seems ready to fill the role. He already has one save this season.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News