MILWAUKEE - The Cubs opted for versatility over their need for another lefty in their bullpen when they put Carlos Marmol on the disabled list Saturday and recalled right-hander Casey Coleman.
Coleman, who was in the starting rotation for AAA Iowa, joins the bullpen as a potential matchup reliever, obviously capable of pitching multiple innings per appearance. The Cubs' pen has been heavy on one-inning guys.
``He's the kind of guy you can use in different roles depending on what's going on that day,'' Sveum said of Coleman. ``He's got the slider, he's got different arm angles, a guy you could use if right-handers are coming up, things like that. And he's definitely a guy you're going to want to use two innings all the time, whenever he's getting used.''
Marmol was scheduled Saturday for an MRI on his injured right hamstring. Sveum wouldn't speculate on how long Marmol might be out.
``He got really, really sore, when he was walking out last night, it seemed to get actually worse,'' he said. ``We'll just have to see.''
Marmol, who was demoted out of the closer role May 4, was making progress with the fastball command the staff wanted to see from him, including Friday when he got hurt.
``His fastball was consistently 95 mph, and he was throwing strikes for the most part,'' Sveum said.
Marmol, a likely trade candidate near the July 31 deadline if he's healthy and effective by then, could also be facing at least a brief minor-league rehab assignment, Sveum said.
``It's an option,'' the manager said. ``Whenever it's leg injuries like that, you do want people a lot of times, with the adrenaline and all that, to get out there on the mound somewhere. But we'll cross those bridges when we get to them.''