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Chicago Cubs set 2014 Opening Day roster


PITTSBURGH - The Chicago Cubs have set their Opening Day 25-man roster in advance of their 2014 season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. 

The Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, outfielder Ryan Kalish and catcher John Baker. 

Left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera has been designated for assignment.

Right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tightness. Right-handed pitcher James McDonald has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Fujikawa and Arrieta are retroactive to March 21.

The club's 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Here is a look at the Cubs 2014 Opening Day roster:

PITCHERS (12 + 3 DL)

11-Kyuji Fujikawa, RHP (15-Day DL)

29-Jeff Samardzija, RHP

33-Carlos Villanueva, RHP

36-Edwin Jackson, RHP

37-Travis Wood, LHP

39-Jason Hammel, RHP

40-James Russell, LHP

41-Jose Veras, RHP

46-Pedro Strop, RHP

49-Jake Arrieta, RHP (15-Day DL)

52-Justin Grimm, RHP

53-Wesley Wright, LHP

55-James McDonald, RHP (60-Day DL)

56-Hector Rondon, RHP

63-Brian Schlitter, RHP


12-John Baker

5-Welington Castillo


13-Starlin Castro

15-Darwin Barney

24-Luis Valbuena

30-Mike Olt

44-Anthony Rizzo

64-Emilio Bonifacio


6-Ryan Sweeney

19-Nate Schierholtz

20-Justin Ruggiano

21-Junior Lake

51-Ryan Kalish

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