Now that they have surged into first place in the National League West, it really appears that the Los Angeles Dodgers can do no wrong. They have their squabbles and gripes like everyone else but for the most part things seem to be going really well for the Dodgers. They plan to test that good luck theory with the recalling of relief pitcher Carlos Marmol. If anything could seem like a bad decision for the Dodgers right now this could be it. I don’t think it’s going to backfire on them however.
Marmol needed changes and a lot of them. I don’t think he only needed a change of scenery though that certainly did help him I feel sure. For one thing getting demoted to the minor leagues with zero guarantee of a recall to the big show was probably quite motivating. Also the Dodgers weren’t flying blind in this deal; they had watched videos and had a few ideas for things Marmol could work on to improve his pitching, possibly to even regain his all-star form.
Now because of an injury, Marmol will get his chance. He won’t be closing and probably won’t see much action after the seventh inning according to reports on the official site. The time is right to test his recovery from the situation with the Chicago Cubs. Marmol, to his credit, just wants the ball so he can prove that he has worked out his mechanical issues.
There are no guarantees in life anyway so why shouldn’t the Dodgers give him the ball? Worst case they send him back down or release him and best case they get an all-star caliber reliever for cheap that can help them win it all. It actually seems like a no-brainer to me.