Cubs trim 10 from spring roster
The Cubs cleared out some locker space at spring training on Monday, reassigning four players, sending five to minor league camp and releasing one.
RH Maikel Cleto became the first causality this spring as the Cubs released the right-hander signed during the off-season and invited to camp as a non-roster player. Cleto appeared in four games for the Cubs this spring and had a line of 3 IP, 9H 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
The Cubs optioned four players off the 40-man roster. Right-handers Aaron Brooks and Jose Rosario were assigned to AAA Iowa, along with LH Jack Leathersich, and RH Duane Underwood was sent to AA Tennessee. The Cubs also assigned pitchers Seth Frankoff, Casey Kelly, Jhondaniel Medina, Zac Rosscup and Conor Mullee to minor league camp. The spring roster stands at 50 players.
Cubs beat Padres 3-1
2B Ian Happ went 3-for-3 and hit his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot in the second. C Willson Contreras had two hits and knocked in a run in the win. Other Cubs prospects seeing action were DH Jacob Hannemann (0-for-4), 2B Carlos Penalver (0-1), 1B Taylor Davis (0-1), 1B Jeimer Candelario (0-2, R), RF Bijan Rademacher (0-1), LF Eloy Jimenez (0-1), and SS Chesny Young (0-1).
John Lackey went three innings in his second start, throwing 55 pitches while allowing one run on three hits and walk. The Cubs bullpen closed the door. Jake Buchanan got the win, working 2.1 scoreless frames. David Rollins got the final two outs of the sixth, stranding an inherited runner. Aaron Brooks fanned two in two scoreless while Jhondaniel Medina got the final three outs, two on strikes, for the save.
Cubs send Brett Anderson to the mound on Tuesday as the Cubs host the Brewers at Sloan Park.
World Baseball Classic
Venezuela scored three times in the top of the ninth and beat Italy 4-3 to clinch the final spot in Pool D. Cubs prospect John Andreoli went 2-for-5 hit his third homer of the WBC, a solo shot in the seventh to give Italy a 2-1 lead.......Japan improved to 2-0 with a 8-5 win over Cuba (0-2) in Pool E play.......Cubs reliever Hector Rondon will pitch for Venezuela in the second round.