#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.