Cubs place Carlos Marmol on disabled list with strained right hamstring


Carlos Marmol’s miserable start to the season just took another unfortunate turn.

The Cubs announced this morning that Marmol was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The erratic right-hander was pulled from last night’s game against the Brewers due to the injury and traveled back to Chicago to undergo an MRI. The full extent of the injury isn’t yet known.

Marmol, who was recently pulled from the closer role, has a 6.35 ERA and 12/16 K/BB ratio across 11 1/3 innings this season. Rafael Dolis and James Russell should continue to handle save chances in the interim, though the former seems to have the edge with manager Dale Sveum right now.

The Cubs have recalled right-hander Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding roster move. He had a 6.40 ERA and 75/46 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings at the major league level last year.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.