According to multiple reports, RHP Brian Schlitter has made the Cubs Opening Day roster and will take one of the final spots in the bullpen. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Alberto Cabrera was designated for assignment.
Brian Schlitter is a hard thrower, one of the prerequisites now for a Cubs’ reliever. Schlitter received a non-roster invite to camp after posting a 1-4 record in 38 appearances for the I-Cubs last season. Schlitter saved 20 games with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP (45 strikeouts, nine walks in 41 2/3 innings).
The Cubs acquired Schlitter as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Scott Eyre to the Phillies in August of 2008. Schlitter, a Park Ridge native, pitched in seven games for the Cubs in 2010.
Alberto Cabrera will be picked up by another team that feels they will be able to get him on track. Cabrera has a big arm and excellent stuff but has trouble repeating his mechanics and the lack of a consistent release point gets him into trouble. Cabrera was very good early in the spring before he slipped back into old habits. Cabrera is out of minor league options and had to break camp with the team or be designated for assignment.
The Cubs still have two spots in the pen to fill with Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm being the favorites for those jobs. But Neil Ramirez and Blake Parker are at Chase Field for Saturday’s game and are scheduled to pitch. The Cubs could recall either reliever, or both, to fill out the pen for Opening Day.