3/23 Roster moves

The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, and the spring camp roster is now at 36. The roster now consists of 17 pitchers, including non-roster invitee Tsuyoshi Wada; four catchers, eight infielders and seven outfielders.

Jose Veras, Pedro Strop, James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva are set for the bullpen, unless the Cubs decided to use Villanueva as the fifth starter at the beginning of the season. Other relievers still in the mix include Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Alberto Cabrera, who is out of options.

“I don’t know if being out of options is the defining factor of somebody’s thinking,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said about putting together the 25-man roster. “I think their performances dictate that.”

The next roster cuts are expected after Tuesday’s day-night split squad games.

– Carrie Muskat

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