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Cubs closer Marmol expected at training camp

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Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol's domestic-abuse case has been sent to a higher court in the Dominican Republic, but his agent told the Chicago Tribune Friday that he will report to spring training on time.

The attorney for accuser Miledys Mejia Cepeda asked that Marmol be barred from leaving the country, but Marmol's agent, Paul Kinzer, said the right-hander will be with the Cubs when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Mesa, Ariz., Monday.

Police charges have not been filed yet and Marmol has maintained his innocence. The alleged incident occured in October.

"We take any accusation of this nature seriously," Cubs general manager Theo Epstein told the Tribune. "All the information we could gather supports Carlos' contention that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. We expect this matter to be behind him soon."

Marmol's attorney, Nelson Pimentel, said Cepeda is just trying to extort money from Marmol and that a counterclaim has been filed.

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