SAN DIEGO -- If you thought Carlos Marmol was an adventure every time he took the mound, wait until you see his replacement. The Marlins, who are designating Marmol for assignment, are calling up hard-throwing but oft-wild right-hander Henry Rodriguez to fill his spot in the bullpen.
Rodriguez can light up a radar gun and can be difficult to hit. But control is an issue.
In 12 appearances totaling 19 1/3 innings for Triple A New Orleans this season, Rodriguez has struck out 37 batters -- or nearly two an inning. But he's also walked 23 -- or more than one an inning. Batters are hitting only .123 against him.
Rodriguez has spent parts of five seasons in the majors with the A's, Nationals and Cubs and has a career record of 5-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 18 saves. In his 148 2/3 innings, he has struck out 150 while walking 102.
SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins intend to designate Carlos Marmol for assignment on Sunday, one day after the beleaguered reliever gave up four runs in the Marlins' 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
"It's been a struggle for him," said manager Mike Redmond. "It just hasn't worked."
The Marlins signed Marmol to a 1-year deal worth $1.25 million thinking they could fix the issues that plagued him with the Cubs and brought an end to his time in Chicago. But it hasn't worked. Marmol is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 15 relief appearances.
"Couldn't get people out," Marmol said. "I did the best I could, but it didn't work out good. It's tough. You try to do your best and it didn't work out."
On Saturday, Marmol entered in the sixth in a 2-2 game and retired the first two batters he faced. But after Everth Cabrera beat out a bunt single, the inning fell apart for him. He gave up a RBI single to Jedd Gyorko and three-run homer to Chase Headley.
The Marlins will DFA Marmol on Sunday and promote someone from the minors to fill his spot in the bullpen.