Cubs reduce spring roster to 45 players

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The Chicago Cubs have assigned 11 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 56 to 45 players.

Right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Pierce Johnson; left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser; infielder Arismendy Alcantara; and catcher Willson Contreras have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Infielder Jeimer Candelario has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Five non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Stephen Fife, Felix Pena and Drew Rucinski; left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos; and catcher Taylor Davis.

Chicago's spring roster of 45 players consists of 22 pitchers (five non-roster invitees and one D.L.), four catchers (one non-roster invitee), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and nine outfielders (five non-roster invitees).

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