3/31 Final 25-man roster

Here’s the Cubs’ final 25-man roster, which will be updated on Monday when Darwin Barney goes on the disabled list. Hisanori Takahashi, who turns 38 on Tuesday, secured the last spot in the bullpen and gives the Cubs another lefty besides James Russell. In nine games this spring, including two starts, Takahashi gave up nine runs on 21 hits over 18 1/3 innings.

Steve Clevenger made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as the backup catcher, but will be used more as a left-handed bat off the bench. He can be valuable in a double switch, stepping in for catchers Welington Castillo or Dioner Navarro, and also sub at first base if needed. Clevenger batted .370 this spring, and was 8-for-14 against left-handed pitchers.

Here’s the Opening Day roster:

RHP Jeff Samardzija
RHP Edwin Jackson
LHP Travis Wood
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Carlos Villanueva
RHP Carlos Marmol
RHP Kyuji Fujikawa
RHP Shawn Camp
LHP James Russell
RHP Michael Bowden
RHP Hector Rondon
LHP Hisanori Takahashi

Position players
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B Brent Lillibridge
SS Starlin Castro
3B Luis Valbuena
OF David DeJesus
OF Nate Schierholtz
OF Alfonso Soriano
OF Scott Hairston
OF Dave Sappelt
C Welington Castillo
C Dioner Navarro
C/IF Steve Clevenger

— Carrie Muskat


Please let Barney NOT GO ON THE DL LIST. Let the stitches heal today and tomorrow and Tuesday and let him play the next game after that!!! Yes??? Do we know if there is any further damage to the kneecap? Let there not be!!!

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