3/26 Roster update
With Wednesday’s roster moves, the Cubs now have 32 players in camp, including three pitchers — Jake Arrieta, Kyuji Fujikawa and James McDonald — who will not be ready by Opening Day. The team also announced Eli Whiteside will be going to Triple-A Iowa, but he’s still on this list because he’s still in camp. Here’s who is left:
* Samardzija, Jackson, Hammel and Wood will start. Still to be determined is whether Chris Rusin gets the fifth spot or the Cubs go with Carlos Villanueva. The bullpen is close to being settled but it depends on Villanueva again. If they keep him, that could squeeze Justin Grimm or Hector Rondon.
* Eli Whiteside will open at Triple-A Iowa. Rick Renteria announced Baker is the backup.
* Can Mike Olt handle third base? He’s looked better in his recent games. The Cubs can have him and Luis Valbuena share the spot, and can use the power that Olt provides.
* Ryan Sweeney has struggled this spring. The Cubs front office knows Ryan Kalish from his days with the Red Sox. Chris Coghlan is a versatile player. Kalish and Coghlan are both left-handed bats. The Cubs will keep Emilio Bonifacio, who can play the outfield if needed. He’s a switch hitter. So, would that negate needing another lefty bat? It’s all still to be determined.
– Carrie Muskat