Cubs opening day roster finalized

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot

With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like:

It seems like Schlitter's been around for quite a while – I had to check to see if this was a different guy (I remembered him as a lefty). He's had a bit of an odd transaction history. The Cubs picked up Schlitter from the Phillies for Stevie Eyre back in 2008, and he was called up in mid 2010 only to be shut down with a shoulder injury after only three games. He came back in July and was shelled again in garbage time against the Brewers before being sent down again. He was put on waivers in the offseason and was claimed by the Yankees, released by the Yankees, then claimed by the Phillies, then shut down with an elbow injury. The Commissioner's office then sent Schlitter back to the Cubs because the injury was ruled to have happened when he was with them. The Cubs DFAd him at the end of the season, and he's been in the minors ever since.

I guess this means he still has options, as only one was burned in 2010. He and Grimm seem like the prime candidates to be sent down when Arrieta returns.


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