Cubs designate RHP Marmol for assignment, call up OF Bogusevic

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The Cubs designated right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol for assignment Tuesday and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa.

The 30-year-old Marmol was 2-4 with a pair of saves and a 5.86 ERA in 27.2 innings this season. He fanned 32 hitters and walked 21.

An NL All-Star in 2008, Marmol is the franchise leader in holds with 82, and his 117 saves are third-best in Cubs history. For his career, he is 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA over 542.1 innings.

Bogusevic, a 29-year-old outfielder, joins the Cubs after hitting .319/.418/.512 with 10 homers, 14 doubles, 16 stolen bases and 32 RBI at Triple-A Iowa this year. The Oak Lawn, Ill., native spent all or part of the last three seasons with the Astros, including 146 games with the major league club last year, when he hit .203 with seven homers and nine doubles to go along with 28 RBI.

This past offseason, Bogusevic signed a minor league contract with the Cubs that included an invite to big league Spring Training.  He batted .410 (16-for-39) with a .452 on-base percentage, a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.144 OPS before becoming one of the final cuts of the spring.

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