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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cubs: Make more cuts.

Today the Cubs announced more roster cuts: the Cubs optioned pitchers David Aardsma, Angel Guzman and Jae Kuk Ryu to Iowa (AAA) and sent non-roster invitee catcher Casey Kopitzke to the minor league camp. Also Kerry Wood and Mark Prior were both put on the 15-day DL.

This leaves the Cubs roster officially at 30, with Wade Miller yet to be put on DL, so 29. I was hoping that Angel would make the rotation, but the Cubs are probably right in sending him down to the minors to get a few more innings in. With Guzman down in the minors, the fight for the 4th and 5th spot is now between Jerome Williams, Rich Hill, Sean Marshall, with the loser heading to the minors. If Jerome Williams has a bad last outing I would expect him to be sent down, as Rich Hill has come around since starting out slow and Sean Marshall has given up only 3 hits and no runs all spring.

The pen situation is Roberto Novoa, Michael Wuertz, and John Koronka all fighting for the final spot and Koronka might have taken the lead as Wuertz has struggled mightily this spring (though tonight he pitched one perfect inning) and Novoa is likely to be headed to the minors to make up for losing time this spring to "valley fever".

Also it looks like Michael Restovich is not going to make the team either. After starting out doing well, Restovich has been struggling and is now batting .184 and slugging a paltry .327


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