GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cubs still have 40 players in camp, but manager Dale Sveum and the coaching staff will meet after Wednesday's game to finalize the roster.
"We'll get everything 95-percent finished," Sveum said on Tuesday.
The Cubs need to pick their backup catcher between Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo, settle on the bench, and complete the bullpen. However, the decision on the final relievers may not be announced until Thursday. Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood are set, and James Russell appears to be the only left-hander in the mix. The rest are still to be determined.
"[I want to] let people know Thursday, and that leaves five days to get to play and do things the way we're going to to them during the season," Sveum said.
Does that mean he'll be closer to finalizing his lineup?
"It'll probably be longer than that," said Sveum, still considering his options.