After a week and a half of Cactus League play, Sveum is not considering a change at closer despite the fact that Marmol has blown leads in each of his last two outings. Marmol was not pitching in the closer role either time, but instead was getting his work done in the middle innings.
Marmol had a scheduled day off Tuesday, a day after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in an inning against the Giants, which delayed his meeting with Sveum for a day.
“I just tried to make him relax and everything is fine,” Sveum said. “It was a great meeting and that’s what it was. It was nothing more than, ‘Don’t worry about all this and what happened. We have a long spring left and just be ready for the season.’”
After his three outings, Marmol is hauling around a 23.63 ERA. The new coaching staff has convinced the right-hander to ditch a cut fastball he used last season and altered his mechanics a bit early in camp to prevent him from flying open with his front shoulder during his delivery.