The Cubs announced 15 more cuts from major league camp Saturday morning, bringing the spring roster to 40. Most of the names on the list are pretty obvious, though righty relievers Dakota Mekkes and James Norwood had looked good so far and were thought to be vying for spots in a bullpen that has seen more than its fair share of injuries already.
Here is the official media release from the Cubs listing the players being optioned and reassigned:
Right-handed pitchers James Norwood, Duane Underwood Jr. and Rowan Wick have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Twelve non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Christian Bergman, Matt Carasiti, George Kontos and Dakota Mekkes; left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski; infielders Ryan Court, Phillip Evans, Trent Giambrone and Zack Short; infielder/outfielder Jim Adduci; and catchers Francisco Arcia and P.J. Higgins.
Chicago’s spring roster of 40 players consists of 23 pitchers (which includes two non-roster invitees plus right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman, 60-day I.L.), three catchers, eight infielders (one non-roster invitee) and six outfielders (one non-roster invitee).