Found February 18, 2014 on Sports Injury Alert:
Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek had to stop his Tuesday morning workouts early, and he missed his bullpen session on Tuesday due to a sore neck. The Sun-Sentinel's Marlins beat writer Juan Rodriguez tweeted the news late Tuesday morning.#Marlins closer Steve Cishek cut short workout before scheduled bullpen session. Sore neck.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) February 18, 2014By DelayWaves, via Wikimedia CommonsCishek became the Marlins' full-time closer last season when he saved 34 games for the last-place team. The Marlins won 62 games, so Cishek's saving of 55% of those victories shows the importance of a strong closer. He also had a 2.33 ERA, 1.077 WHIP, and 9.4 K/9 ratio. For the Marlins to improve, they will need to maintain that bullpen strength.Cishek's neck soreness does not appear serious, but in case he has further problems, the Marlins could fall back on newly-acquired Carlos Marmol, the former Chicago Cubs closer, until Cishek recovers. Marmol,...

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