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Cubs at Camp

Workouts began today for 40 pitchers and five catchers, six if you count Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber has been cleared to catch and Cubs President Theo Epstein said he would work with the catchers at least two days a week during spring training. Here’s a list of the Cubs players in camp and their numbers.

Pitchers (40-Man)—Brett Anderson (37), Jake Arrieta (49), Aaron Brooks (36), Jake Buchanan (43), Eddie Butler, Wade Davis (71), Brian Duensing (32), Carl Edwards Jr. (6), Justin Grimm (52), Kyle Hendricks (28), Pierce Johnson (80), John Lackey (41), Jack Leathersich (51), Jon Lester (34), Alec Mills (24), Mike Montgomery (38), Felix Pena (60), Hector Rondon (56), Jose Rosario (76), Caleb Smith (62), Pedro Strop (46), Kohi Uehara (19), Duane Underwood (74), Rob Zastryzny (29). Non-Roster Invites (16)—Andury Acevedo (79), Maikel Cleto (63), Gerardo Concepcion (50), Daniel Coercion (55), Dylan Floro (21), Seth Frankoff 83, Jim Henderson (48), Casey Kelly (45), Johndaniel Medina (84), Connor Mullee (61), Manny Para (39), Williams Perez, Fernando Rodriguez (33), David Rollins (57), Zac Rosscup (59), Ryan WIlliams (87).

Catchers—Victor Caratini (73), Willson Contreras (40), Miguel Montero (47). NRI—Carlos Corporan (13), Taylor Davis (82).

Infielders—Javier Baez (9), Kris Bryant (17), Jeimer Candelario (7), Tommy LaStella (2), Anthony Rizzo (44), Addison Russell (27), Ben Zobrist (18). NRI—Chris Dominguez (15), Ian Happ (86), Munenori Kawasaki (66), Jemile Weeks (8), Chesny Young (85).

Outfielders—Albert Almora (5), Jacob Hannemann (75), Jason Heyward (22), Jon Jay (30), Kyle Schwarber (12), Matt Szczur (20). NRI—John Andreoli (72), Eloy Jimenez (68), Mark Zagunis (78).

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A lot of odds and ends coming out of spring training. Here’s some of the tidbits. Willson Contreras will be the full-time catcher for Jon Lester. David Ross, who retired and is back as an assistant to the President and GM, was Lester’s personal catcher the past two seasons......FYI, “That’s Cubs” has been a catch phrase in the Cubs minors for years and commonly used on twitter. Maddon has a few new t-shirts on the way but its gonna be tough to beat “Try Not To Suck”. 


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