Cubs reduce spring roster to 43 players

The Chicago Cubs today assigned seven players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 50 to 43 players.

Right-handed pitchers Pierce Johnson and Felix Pena, catcher Victor Caratini and outfielder Jacob Hannemann have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Three non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Infielder Chesny Young and outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Mark Zagunis.

Chicago's spring roster of 43 players consists of 22 pitchers (four non-roster invitees), five catchers (two non-roster invitees), 11 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and five outfielders (one non-roster invitee).