Cubs get good news on Marmol

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Cubs get good news on Marmol

MESA, Ariz. Carlos Marmol said he wasnt concerned, and his body language sent the same message: Its nothing.

But it had to be reassuring for the Cubs to find out that it really was just a cramp in Marmols right hand. An MRI revealed no significant nerve injury, a team spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Marmol continues to be symptom-free, and will be evaluated for a couple of days, but remains on his normal schedule.

The day before, manager Dale Sveum immediately noticed something was wrong and called for the trainer after Marmol released a pitch at HoHoKam Stadium. The sensation didnt linger, but the closer was pulled as a precaution during the seventh inning of a 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Marmol can be wild and inconsistent and dominant but hes also been extremely durable, making between 75 and 82 appearances in each of the past four seasons.

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith added another piece to the Fighting Illini Class of 2017 late last night when Prospect two-star ranked offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I felt extremely comfortable at Illinois," Palczewski told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Buschon last night. "I know with Coach Lovie Smith there, that program is going to go sky high. We're going to win."

Palczewski, who flew under most recruiting radar screens missed his entire 2015 junior season because of an injury is now the 20th known verbal commitment in the Illinois Class of 2017 and the ninth known in-state commitment. 

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