3/29 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs announced their rotation for the start of the 2012 season and it’ll be Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm. Steve Clevenger named backup catcher, and Welington Castillo among five players optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Also going to Iowa are Randy Wells, Scott Maine, Travis Wood, and Dave Sappelt. Blake Parker, Blake Lalli, Matt Tolbert and Edgar Gonzalez were assigned to the Minor League camp.

Also, Joe Mather and Blake Dewitt have been told they’ve made the Opening Day roster. Casey Coleman also was told he will be going to Iowa to start. The Cubs bullpen is still in flux and still to be determined in the final Cactus League games.

— Carrie Muskat

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