Prior Optioned to Iowa Along with Cherry and Pagan

Updated – 8:11pm C.T. with Injury Updates, the 2007 Roster, the Opening Day Lineup and Bobby Brownlie released….

The Cubs announced on Wednesday they optioned Mark Prior, Rocky Cherry and Angel Pagan to Triple-A Iowa and all but finalized the 25-man roster for Opening Day. With the latest round of cuts the Cubs spring roster stands at 28 but Kerry Wood, Juan Mateo and Buck Coats should start the year on the DL. Lou Piniella also announced his opening day lineup, according to a report on FoxSports.com.

After Piniella announced on Tuesday that Wade Miller would be the 5th starter for the Cubs when the season started the only questions left to be answered about Mark Prior were would he be sent down to the minors or put on the DL and left behind in Mesa for extended spring training. Rocky Cherry and Angel Pagan should figure into the Cubs plans for 2007. Cherry had a very good spring and Pagan gives Piniella and his staff a lot of options off the bench.

A report in the Chicago Tribune on Monday night said Prior would be put on the DL but being sent to Iowa to pitch is a much better alternative….at least he is pitching, whether it is called rehab assignment or not. The Cubs claim Prior is healthy and just needs time to build up his arm strength.

While there are technically still 28 players on the Cubs spring roster all of the cuts have been made. Juan Mateo “has a right shoulder impingement and has just started throwing off of flat ground,” according to a report on Cubs.com. Buck Coats had “an MRI that revealed a cyst in the back of Coats’ right knee, and it was to be removed,” according to the same report on Cubs.com. Kerry Wood’s problems have been well documented and he will start the season on the DL.

The 2007 Chicago Cubs 25-man Opening Day Roster….

Pitchers

  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Scott Eyre
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rich Hill
  • Bobby Howry
  • Ted Lilly
  • Jason Marquis
  • Wade Miller
  • Will Ohman
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Michael Barrett
  • Henry Blanco

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Cesar Izturis
  • Derrek Lee
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Daryle Ward

Outfielders

  • Cliff Floyd
  • Jacque Jones
  • Matt Murton
  • Alfonso Soriano

The Opening Day Lineup in Cincinnati….

  1. Alfonso Soriano – CF
  2. Matt Murton – LF
  3. Derrek Lee – 1B
  4. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
  5. Jacque Jones – RF
  6. Michael Barrett – C
  7. Mark DeRosa – 2B
  8. Cesar Izturis – SS
  9. Carlos Zambrano – P

The Cubs 1st round draft pick in 2002, Bobby Brownlie was released on Tuesday. Brownlie never blossomed into the pitcher everyone thought he would be. After a rough spring training in 2006 with the big league club, he was started the year in Iowa (AAA) and was 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA in 8 games before being demoted to West Tenn (AA) where he finished the season with a 3-11 record and a 5.64 ERA in 33 games.

Well….that’s the latest, check back for Shaun’s recap from the Rockies/Cubs game earlier today at HoHoKam….

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