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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Marmol cleared to resume throwing

By Bruce Levine

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol was cleared to resume throwing after an MRI on his neck and shoulder revealed no damage.

Marmol came out of Tuesday’s game with a tingling sensation in his hand and stiffness in the neck, but said Thursday that he “feels great.”

”I’ve had (pain in the neck area) a little bit before, but not like the other day, so they took me out of the game to make sure everything is all right,” Marmol said.

The Cubs’ main concern is the excessive wear and tear on Marmol from last season when he appeared in 27 back-to-back outings, the most of any pitcher in the game.

Marmol, who has the most appearances of any pitcher in baseball since 2008, has had some disc discomfort in his neck from time to time during his career, according to a source.

”No worries,” Marmol said. “I am going to play catch like everything is normal. Up till now I was feeling fine.”

The plan now is for Marmol to throw on the side until the March 26 when he will pitch again in Cactus League play.