Coleman in mix for ninth-inning role

Coleman in mix for ninth-inning role

Coleman in mix for ninth-inning role
CHICAGO -- Add Casey Coleman's name to the list of potential Cubs closers.

Manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Coleman, who pitched pitched the final inning in Monday's 11-7 win over the Padres, would have entered the game in a save situation and is a candidate to finish games in the future.

Coleman joins fellow right-hander Shawn Camp and left-hander James Russell as pitchers Sveum said he will use in save situations.

The Cubs have used a closer by committee since removing right-hander Carlos Marmol from that role earlier this month. Right-hander Rafael Dolis struggled in the ninth inning, and he was sent to Triple-A Iowa when Marmol was activated.

Sveum said he was impressed with how Coleman handled Monday's ninth inning -- in which he allowed a leadoff single before getting three straight outs -- especially after the 24-year-old told his manager the only other time he got the final three outs in a game was in Spring Training.

"I said, 'Well that ain't Wrigley Field with 30,000 people and a 12-game losing steak,'" Sveum said. "But he handled it well. Even though we had a four-run lead, with that kind of game, it was somewhat like a one-run game, because all you had to do was get a couple people on and a routine fly ball was a home run yesterday. He did a nice job."

Sveum said one pitcher who's not a ninth-inning candidate is Marmol, who returned from the 15-day disabled list Monday.

"He's still got to get out on the mound and throw strikes and prove to us that he's able to throw strikes on a consistent basis," Sveum said.