The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts prior to Thursday’s split squad games.
Junior Lake and Matt Szczur were optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Jeff Beliveau, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub and Josh Vitters were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and Jason Jaramillo was assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster stands at 48 players (32 on the 40-man roster, 16 non-roster invitees). Thursday’s roster moves were not surprising. Junior Lake and Matt Szczur need time in the minors and Jeff Beliveau proved again Thursday, that he is not ready to pitch out of a big league bullpen. As for Josh Vitters, the upcoming season will be a big one for him in his development on and off the field.
John Gaub has not pitched this spring, which is concerning after he was slowed early in camp with an injury.
Jason Jaramillo came into camp as a non-roster invitee and was expected to break camp as Geovany Soto’s back-up. But injuries have kept him from competing for the job. With Blake Lalli not on the 40-man and limited room on the big league roster, it appears Welington Castillo or Steve Clevenger will break camp on the Cubs’ active roster.
In the last six days, the Cubs have assigned Jason Jaramillo, Marco Carrillo, Trey McNutt, Jonathan Mota, Jae-Hoon Ha, Casey Weathers and Esmailin Caridad to minor league camp and optioned out Junior Lake, Matt Szczur, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub, Josh Vitters and Jeff Beliveau.
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