|Schlitter earns final spot|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, March 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm ET
Brian Schlitter Profile
Right-handed relief pitcher Brian Schlitter has been added to the Cubs 25-man roster and will make the trip to Pittsburgh for the season opener on Monday, March 31.
Schlitter had been optioned to AAA Iowa early in camp but was recalled as he continued to pitch well. The Illinois native led all Cubs minor leaguers with 22 saves last year, 20 coming at AAA Iowa as he converted 20 of 21 opportunities. He appeared in nine games in the Cactus League, tossing 9.2 innings with 2.79 ERA and nine strikeouts. The move was made official Sunday afternoon but the player had already been advised.
The Cubs added Schlitter, IF Emilio Bonifacio, OF Ryan Kalish and C John Baker to the 40-man roster. RHP Alberto Cabrera was designated for assignment as he was out of options.
The Cubs placed RHP James McDonald on the 60-day disabled list and also put right-handers Kyuji Fujikawa and Jake Arietta on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40.