Things are not going well for Carlos Marmol in his minor league stint for the Cincinnati Reds. The wild relief pitcher, who was dumped earlier this year after a short time with the Marlins, is supposed to be getting it together with triple-A Louisville but instead of finding his stuff he’s only becoming more erratic.
Not just erratic in his pitching, but in his behavior as well. This afternoon the Reds announced that Marmol has been placed on the restricted list after leaving the Louisville team without permission. No elaboration was offered. Marmol just up and left the team without asking, and now he’s in trouble.
What might have prompted Marmol to walk away? Well I’m just guessing here, but it may have had something to do with his last pitching performance. Tuesday night, Marmol entered the game for Louisville in the 10th inning and proceeded to go Marmol all over everything. His disastrous performance included not one but two wild pitches, a walk and a bases-loaded sac fly to give Pawtucket a 4-3 win over the Bats.
So yeah, things are going about the same in the minor leagues for Marmol as they have for him in the major leagues the last few years. I think it’s possible that Marmol might be done. Were I the Reds, I wouldn’t look around too hard for him. I would look upon his sudden disappearance from Louisville as a blessing in disguise.