Opening Day Roster Finalized….Marshall, Murton Optioned

The remaining spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup was announced early Sunday afternoon. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Carmen Pignatiello will be the lone southpaw in the Cubs bullpen when the season starts on Monday. Scott Eyre is expected to return by the second week in April, but for now Pignatiello will get his shot.

The Cubs optioned Sean Marshall to Triple-A, along with Matt Murton. The report in the Tribune indicated Jim Hendry tried to find a suitable deal for the fan favorite. The Opening Day roster for the 2008 Chicago Cubs is….

Pitchers

Starting Rotation

  1. Carlos Zambrano
  2. Ted Lilly
  3. Ryan Dempster
  4. Rich Hill
  5. Jason Marquis

Bullpen

  • Jon Lieber – Long Relief
  • Carmen Pignatiello – Setup
  • Michael Wuertz – Setup
  • Kevin Hart – Setup
  • Carlos Marmol – Setup
  • Bobby Howry – Setup
  • Kerry Wood – Closer

Catchers

  • Geovany Soto
  • Henry Blanco

Infielders

  • Derrek Lee
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Daryle Ward

Outfielders

  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Felix Pie
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Reed Johnson

Quote of the Day

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