The Chicago Cubs have informed infielder Alberto Cabrera and relief pitcher Zack Putnam that they will not make the opening day roster. The cuts aren’t official yet and both players are still in camp. Both players will be assigned to minor-league camp when the moves become official.
The Cubs currently have 32 players still in camp not including Cabrera and Putnam. However, Matt Garza, Scott Baker, Ian Stewart and Arodys Vizcaino will begin the season on the DL. In reality, the Cubs have 28 active bodies in camp. Steve Clevenger, J.C. Boscan, Brett Jackson, Hisanori Takahashi and Cory Wade are the only ones fighting for a roster spot, though.
Clevenger is in the lead for the final bench spot on the roster, but the Cubs are keeping an eye on the waiver wire. To see if the right player comes available, but that’s hasn’t happened yet.
The Cubs are also keeping an eye on the waiver wire for the final spot in the bullpen. But the likely player to win the final spot in the ‘pen is Takahashi. Since he’s a lefty and the Cubs only have one lefty in the ‘pen (James Russell). Wade will be optioned to Triple-A before April 1st.
Jackson and Boscan will also be sent to Triple-A Iowa in the coming days. Jackson was kept around in camp because the Cubs wanted him to play in another cactus league game before spring training ends. Jackson has been dealing with a bum shoulder most of the spring. However, Jackson is expected to play in Thursday’s cactus league game. So, that’s good news to hear…
5 more days until opening day! Who’s as pump as I am? Go Cubs!
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