#Cubs release Brothers; injury updates

*The Cubs released Rex Brothers on Thursday, doing so now in hopes that the left-handed reliever can find another team before the regular season begins. In three outings this spring, Brothers gave up three hits, walked three and struck out four over 2 2/3 innings. He also threw four wild pitches in one inning on Sunday against the D-backs.

“We didn’t see him fitting in right now and we thought it would be most fair to him to get him out there earlier, which would permit him to work out the best deal for him and his family moving forward,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re just being proactive with that. He struggled with command.”

With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster now is at 39.

*Injury updates: Albert Almora, pulled out of drills Wednesday because of back spasms, was doing better and the injury was not a concern. Tommy La Stella was being held out of games as a precautionary measure as he nurses a strained right calf.

Outfielders Matt Murton (appendicitis) and Matt Szczur (strained lat) were both improving, Maddon said.


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I guess that means Travis Wood and Clayton Richard are now the front runners to be the lefties out of the bullpen. Unless one of them gets hurt or one of the minor league invites really impresses, Wood & Richard will break camp with the big league club. And with an extra spot now open on the 40-man, they have the flexibility to either pick someone up towards the end of Spring Training (just like they did with Reed Johnson in 2008 and Luis Valbuena in 2012, both of whom went on to help the team that year and beyond), or give one of their minor league invites a major league contract (Shane Victorino would be my best guess there). While some people get hung up on Spring Training records and stats, my favorite part about it all is the roster construction. Maybe I’m a nerd, but that’s the most interesting thing about Spring Training for me!

I don’t see how that’s being a nerd. With all the guys in camp, it will be interesting how many Pitchers they carry compared to position players.
Also would not mind seeing Victorino on the Roster. Late inning defensive replacement in LF along with that SH Bat off the bench when needed.

Schwarber taken out of the game. Reports are he felt something pop in his knee.
Sure hoping this is minor.

Schwarber says knee is nothing to worry about. Hope they do an MRI.

Aloha jasper & doug, yes I am also not concerned about the wins and losses at this time. I am happy that Maddon and the coaches have this time to work out all the different lineups and scenarios they can in order to successfully get through the whole season, including October! I hope Schwarber’s knee is all right and thank goodness the team has many options for the outfield. Victorino would be a nice add on for those late innings and that he can play all positions in the outfield gives them flexibility. I was not able to see today’s game. It sounded like Lester had a hard outing and the errors did not help out. Still, the bullpen was pretty good for 5 out of the last 6innings of the game. Mahalo!

Not sure who reported that he felt something “pop” because that’s not what he said.

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