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Camp, Russell could be next in line for save chances -- if Cubs get a lead

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The Chicago Cubs' revolving door at closer took another spin Sunday.

Out went right-hander Rafael Dolis. In went, well, whomever manager Dale Sveum feels right for the situation.

In other words, it appears to boil down to either right-hander Shawn Camp or left-hander James Russell to close out games.

With a 12-game losing streak after Sunday's 10-4 loss at Pittsburgh, the Cubs haven't had many save chances. However, they were tied in Saturday night's game before Dolis hit Matt Hague with a pitch to force in the winning run.

Dolis hasn't been getting hit around. He's just had no command, with 17 walks in 25 1/3 innings. That includes walks to the only two batters he faced Sunday.

"That's the frustrating thing," manager Dale Sveum said. "The back end of the bullpen is giving it up because of walks and hit batters. Nobody is hitting the ball and doing things. We're imploding by walking guys and hitting guys."

This is the third different closer situation for the Cubs this season. Incumbent Carlos Marmol lost his job because of poor command and ineffectiveness before going on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. At that time, Dolis took over. Marmol could be back Monday or Tuesday after a rehab stint with Class AAA Iowa.

Russell has been the Cubs' most effective reliever overall, but he's spent most of the season as the lone lefty in the bullpen, and putting him at closer hampers Sveum if the opponent has a string of left-handed hitters coming up in key spots during the seventh or eighth innings.

Camp was a spring training signee who has turned into unexpected gold for the Cubs. Sveum said Camp has a rubber arm, and he hasn't been afraid to go to him often.
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