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Cubs cut roster down to 40

The Chicago Cubs sent 18 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 58 to 40 players, the team announced today.

Right-handed pitchers Robert Coello and Thomas Diamond were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis and Kyle Smit were optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Also, 13 non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson and Trey McNutt; left-handed pitcher Scott Rice; catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson; infielders Bryan LaHair, Marquez Smith and Josh Vitters; and outfielders Jim Adduci, Brett Jackson, Lou Montanez and Brad Snyder.

Chicago’s spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), four catchers, 10 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and six outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

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