While the official announcement has not been made, the Cubs have finalized their 25-man Opening Day roster.
The Cubs optioned Welington Castillo to Triple-A Iowa and placed Max Ramirez on waivers Monday. The Cubs spring roster still stands at 26 while they wait to see if another team claims Max Ramirez. The Cubs are hoping to sign Max Ramirez to a minor league contract.
Koyie Hill will begin 2011 as the Cubs’ backup catcher.
The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players but they will have to add Reed Johnson to the roster before Thursday’s deadline. Once Johnson is added and Max Ramirez is removed, the Cubs will have two open spots on their 40-man roster
Here’s the final update of Spring Training with news, notes and the unofficial 25-man Opening Day roster …
Angel Guzman threw 20 pitches in a minor league game Monday in Peoria. Reports suggested everything went well for Guzman. If everything goes as planned, Guzman will begin pitching in games every five days.
Blake DeWitt will play third base in Tuesday’s Cactus League finale … and in Wednesday’s Intrasquad game.
Mike Quade said he would post his Opening Day lineup Thursday prior to the team’s workout at Wrigley Field. According to a report from Bruce Levine, look for Kosuke Fukudome to leadoff against right-handed pitchers while Jeff Baker will probably hit at the top of the lineup against southpaws. Quade did not rule out the possibility of Darwin Barney leading off.
The Cubs will monitor Andrew Cashner’s innings this season.
The 25-man Roster
With Monday’s roster moves, the Cubs 25-man Opening Day roster is set.
Starting Rotation (5)
Well, there’s the update … it’s almost Opening Day!