Casey Coleman recalled after Carlos Marmol put on DL
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com May 12, 2012 7:36PM
Updated: June 14, 2012 8:30AM
MILWAUKEE — The Cubs opted for versatility over their need for another left-hander in their bullpen when they recalled right-hander Casey Coleman from Class AAA Iowa after putting Carlos Marmol on the disabled list Saturday.
Coleman, who was in the starting rotation at Iowa, joins the bullpen as a potential matchup reliever, obviously capable of pitching multiple innings per appearance. The Cubs’ bullpen has been heavy on one-inning guys.
‘‘He’s the kind of guy you can use in different roles, depending on what’s going on that day,’’ manager Dale Sveum said of Coleman, who allowed two runs and four hits in two innings in the Cubs’ 8-2 loss Saturday to the Milwaukee Brewers. ‘‘He’s got the slider, he’s got different arm angles, a guy you could use if right-handers are coming up, things like that. And he’s definitely a guy you’re going to want to use two innings all the time, whenever he’s getting used.’’
Sveum said an MRI exam Saturday showed ‘‘very minimal’’ damage to Marmol’s right hamstring.
‘‘It wasn’t significant at all, so 15 days and we’ll go from there,’’ Sveum said.
Marmol, who was demoted out of the closer role May 4, was making progress with the fastball command the staff wanted to see from him. That was the case Friday, when he got hurt.
‘‘His fastball was consistently 95 mph, and he was throwing strikes, for the most part,’’ Sveum said.
Marmol, a likely candidate to be traded near the July 31 deadline if he’s healthy and effective by then, might be facing at least a brief minor-league rehab assignment, Sveum said.
‘‘It’s an option,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘Whenever it’s leg injuries like that, you do want people a lot of times to get out there on the mound somewhere. But we’ll cross those bridges when we get to them.’’