The first thing you should realize is that the 25-man roster that opens the season at an American League ballpark, may not be the same one a few days later when the Cubs face the Diamondbacks. And you can rest assured it will change more times than you can keep track of during the season. For example, last year the Cubs had 50 different players on the 25-man roster, 27 pitchers and 23 position players. With all that said there’s still a fascination with the Opening Day roster. That became a little clearer on Friday as the Cubs trimmed their spring roster from 45 down to 36. Four outfielders—Albert Almora, John Andreoli, Juan Perez and Matt Murton—were among the nine players assigned to minor league camp that also included IF Kris Negron, 1B Jesus Guzman and right-handed pitchers Ryan Williams, Brandon Gomes, and Jean Machi. OF Shane Victorino told reporters he will stay in Mesa as part of extended spring training while assessing his options as he recovers from a grade two strain of the left calf.
And by process of elimination, that leaves Matt Szczur as the fifth outfielder, if they chose to go with one. Munenori Kawasaki, Tommy La Stella and Javier Baez are in the mix for two infield positions while bullpen spots have yet to be determined as well as how many pitchers the Cubs will carry on the 25-man roster.
Cubs fall to Brewers
Milwaukee scored five runs in the top of the ninth off Clayton Richard and beat the Cubs 5-4. Plenty of minor leaguers saw action with Kelly Dugan leading the way with a solo homer in the 8th. Dugan was acquired during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft and spent the last seven years in the Phillies organization. PH Trey Martin and 2B Daniel Lockhart saw their first action while SS Carlos Penalver went 0-1.