After a judge in the Dominican Republic sent the domestic abuse case against Carlos Marmol to a higher court Friday, Cubs president Theo Epstein said he believes his closer will be exonerated.

"We take any accusation of this nature seriously," 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."

The Cubs sent attorneys to the Dominican to look into the criminal complaint that 24-year-old Miledys Mejia Cepeda filed. No police charges apparently have been filed since the incident allegedly occurred last October, and a hearing on the matter was conducted Friday.

When the nation's Supreme Court of Justice will address the case was not reported. Marmol attended Friday's hearing with his attorneys, the Dominican Republic's El Nacional reported.

Cepeda's attorneys also asked that Marmol be barred from leaving the country until the case has been resolved. But Marmol's attorney Nelson Pimentel told the Tribune via email Friday, "Carlos will be OK and in time at training camp."