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3/11/2013 11:46 A.M. ET

Cubs Reduce Spring Roster to 53 Players

The Chicago Cubs today sent six players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 59 to 53 players.

Right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Trey McNutt, left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley and infielder Logan Watkins were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack was optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Right-handed pitcher Nick Struck, a non-roster invitee, has been assigned to minor league camp. 

Chicago's spring roster of 53 players consists of 25 pitchers (nine non-roster invitees), five catchers (two non-roster invitees), 13 infielders (five non-roster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three non-roster invitees).

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