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Cubs assigned 14 players to minor league camp … Released RHP Rob Scahill

Prior to the split squad sweep on Saturday over the Angels (Mesa) and Giants (Scottsdale), the Cubs announced the first round of spring roster cuts. The Cubs assigned 14 players to minor league camp and granted right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill his release, reducing the team’s spring roster from 70 to 55 players.

Right-handed pitchers Adbert Alzolay and Jen-Ho Tseng have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  Right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz and left-handed pitcher Justin Steele have been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Ten non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Craig BrooksCarlos RamirezColin Rea and Duncan Robinson; left-handed pitchers Alberto Baldonado and Ian Clarkin; outfielders Charcer BurksJacob Hannemann and Evan Marzilli; and catcher Ian Rice.

The Cubs spring roster of 55 players consists of 31 pitchers (which includes seven non-roster invitees plus right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman, 60-day I.L.), five catchers (two non-roster invitees), 12 infielders (five non-roster invitees) and seven outfielders (two non-roster invitees).

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