The Cubs trimmed their Spring Roster on Tuesday from 54 players to 45 players according to a report from Cubs.com. The Cubs optioned Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa and optioned Marcos Mateo to Double-A Tennessee.
The Cubs also assigned five non-roster invitees to minor league camp…Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney, Luis Rivas, Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois. In other news from Mesa on Tuesday, Corey Koskie is in the Cubs starting lineup on Tuesday against the Dodgers.
As reported on Monday, Lou Piniella is expected to announce the team’s closer, bullpen and backup catcher by the end of the week.