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Carlos Marmol’s case goes to higher court, but his side claims innocence

Carlos Marmol reacts after Cubs' 3-0 wJune 15 2012 Wrigley Field. | Sun-Times

Carlos Marmol reacts after the Cubs' 3-0 win June 15, 2012, at Wrigley Field. | Sun-Times

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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:51AM

The domestic-assault case brought against Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol by a 24-year-old woman in his native Dominican Republic was kicked up to a higher court Friday, according to a report from that country. But it’s unclear whether that raises the stakes on the case, especially considering it appeared authorities didn’t file criminal charges.

Paul Kinzer, Marmol’s agent, said his client expected to be on his flight from the Dominican Republic to Arizona on Sunday and report to spring training on time, despite a request by the woman’s lawyers to restrict Marmol from traveling outside the country.

‘‘As far as I know, nothing’s changed,’’ Kinzer said, referring to initial assurances by Marmol and his attorneys in the Dominican that he will be cleared. ‘‘His attorney’s saying he’s innocent and she’s just trying to get money out of him. He pretty much guaranteed me [Marmol would be exonerated]. I’m shocked it’s even going to the next level based on the paperwork I’ve seen.’’

Marmol’s attorneys backed up their confidence with a countersuit alleging extortion and blackmail.

According to the report in the Dominican publication El Nacional, members of the local community made statements to the court Friday on Marmol’s behalf, saying the woman ‘‘just wants to tarnish the image of the player.’’

The Cubs also expressed optimism that Marmol would be cleared.

‘‘We take any accusation of this nature seriously and looked into it,’’ team president Theo Epstein wrote in an email to the Sun-Times. ‘‘All the information we could gather supports Carlos’ contention that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. We expect this matter to be behind him soon.’’

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