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Monday, March 26, 2012
Marmol returns with a scoreless inning

By Doug Padilla

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol proved what last week’s MRI showed, that his hand is just fine.

Ultimately diagnosed with a cramp in his right hand after leaving a game on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers, Marmol was held out of games for nearly a week. Returning against the San Diego Padres on Monday, he pitched a scoreless inning but did give up a hit and a walk.

Now that he is healthy, Marmol still needs to prove over the last week-plus of Cactus League games that can be effective. He has made seven outings this spring and has not only allowed a base runner in six of them, but at least two base runners in five of them.

He has been scored upon in only two of his outings, although he blew a lead both of those times, allowing a combined seven runs.