CHICAGO –Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger appear to be closing in on a return to the roster as both will head out this week on minor-league rehab assignments.
Clevenger, who has been out since April with a strained oblique and a cracked rib, took batting practice at Wrigley Field on Sunday and will take batting practice at Iowa on Monday. He will then start playing in games Tuesday, working his way up to nine innings by the end of the week.
Marmol, who has been out since May 12 with a right hamstring strain, will also be heading to Iowa on Monday. He will throw a side session Monday, a simulated game Wednesday and pitch in an actual game Fiday.
Neither is expected to return until the Cubs open their next home stand May 28 against the San Diego Padres.
Catcher Geovany Soto, who had arthroscopic surgery Friday on his left knee to repair a partially torn meniscus, was back at Wrigley Field on Sunday to begin his rehab process.