4/4 Cubs roster decisions
The Cubs will open the season with 14 position players and 11 pitchers after claiming infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers. Because of an off day on Friday, the Cubs feel they’ll be OK without the extra pitcher at the start. Also, Bryan LaHair is 50-50 to start on Thursday, Opening Day, because of back problems. That decision will be determined prior to Thursday’s game. If LaHair can’t go, either Joe Mather, Blake DeWitt or Jeff Baker will start Thursday at first. The bullpen will be Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Rafael Dolis, Shawn Camp, Lendy Castillo and James Russell.
— Carrie Muskat