Randy Wells and Welington Castillo Optioned to Triple-A Iowa in Latest Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts … Samardzija and Volstad Named to Rotation

As expected the Cubs made several roster moves Thursday morning. According to multiple reports, Randy Wells and Welington Castillo were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Steve Clevenger will begin the season as the Cubs’ back-up catcher.

Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, Scott Maine and Casey Coleman were also optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs also announced Jeff Samardzija and Chris Volstad will begin the season as the third and fourth starters in the rotation.

The Cubs announced Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather will be on the Opening Day roster. The corresponding roster moves have not been announced.

The Cubs reassigned several players to minor league camp as part of Thursday’s spring roster cuts. Matt Tolbert, Blake Parker, Blake Lalli and Edgar Gonzalez were assigned to minor league camp.

Rodrigo Lopez is still in the mix for a bullpen job. With the additions of Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather, the Cubs will have to create at least one spot on the 40-man roster. The additions of Lopez and Shawn Camp would require two additional roster moves. If Lendy Castillo does not make the Opening Day roster he will have to be offered back to the Phillies which will create one spot. Another spot could be created if Frankie De La Cruz does not make the team he is out of minor league options and would have to be put on waivers.

With the announced cuts, the Cubs spring roster currently stands at 30 players.

Stay Tuned … will update as more information is made available.

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