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Dodgers happy with Marmol's Minors progress

WASHINGTON -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Friday that reliever Carlos Marmol has "been throwing the ball good" at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

The Dodgers acquired the veteran right-hander from the Cubs on July 2, and after Marmol cleared outright waivers, he accepted a Minor League assignment. In three appearances with the Quakes, he has given up two runs on four hits over three innings, walking one and striking out four.

"I think they're happy with his progress," Mattingly said. "So we'll make a decision here fairly quickly with Carlos, but everyone's happy with his progress and the work and effort he's put in.

"He's going to throw a couple more times, and we'll make a decision."

The 30-year-old was dominant at times during his tenure as the Cubs' closer but also fought bouts of wildness. He walked 6.8 batters per nine innings for Chicago this season and posted a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances.

"We know his stuff is good," Mattingly said. "It's a matter of getting him more reps to be able to be a little more consistent. He's been pitching a long time. We're not going to change the world, give him this whole makeover. We're just trying to help him be a little more consistent. … We're allowing enough time to work on some stuff and hopefully gain some consistency, and he's a guy who can hopefully help us."

Andrew Simon is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @HitTheCutoff.
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