#Cubs roster decisions

The Cubs are still debating whether to carry 12 or 13 pitchers, and Neil Ramirez may be the deciding factor. Ramirez, 26, is out of options, and after being limited to 19 games last season, he’s been healthy and effective this spring.

“Without tipping our hand — I don’t want to give any false hope to anybody — but he’s pitching well,” manager Joe Maddon said of Ramirez.

If they go with 13 and keep Ramirez, here’s what the pitching could look like on Opening Day:

Arrieta

Lester

Lackey

Hammel

Hendricks

Rondon

Strop

Grimm

Cahill

Wood

Richard

Warren

Ramirez

*The Cubs are waiting to see if infielder Tommy La Stella is healthy. He’s been slowed by a strained calf, but was able to play in the field on Friday. Javier Baez is projected for the Opening Day roster, but has not played for a few days because of a tender left thumb. With Shane Victorino deciding to re-start Spring Training, here’s what the position players on the Opening Day roster could look like:

Rizzo

Zobrist

Russell

Bryant

Montero

Ross

Schwarber

Heyward

Fowler

Soler

Baez

La Stella

The spring roster is now at 36, and includes 19 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

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