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2/8/2013 7:16 P.M. ET

Marmol case sent to higher court in Dominican

Agent says Cubs pitcher will report to Arizona for Spring Training on time

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol appeared at a hearing Friday in the Dominican Republic regarding a domestic abuse case. According to the Dominican newspaper, El Nacional, a judge sent the case to a higher court.

Miledys Mejia Cepeda had filed a criminal complaint against Marmol. No police charges have been filed.

Cubs pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Sunday in Mesa, with the first workout Tuesday at Fitch Park. Paul Kinzer, Marmol's agent, told the Chicago Tribune the pitcher will be in Arizona on time.

The Cubs had attorneys in the Dominican Republic to investigate the matter.

"We take any accusation of this nature seriously," Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, 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 Pimental, told the Tribune on Friday that the pitcher is "totally innocent," and added that the woman "is only trying to get money out of Carlos Marmol."

Kinzer told the Tribune that Marmol hopes the matter is resolved before it gets to the higher court. There is no timetable for a hearing.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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