Mesa, ARIZ. – The Chicago Cubs today announced their second round of roster cuts, reducing the roster from 49 to 42 players.

Right-handed pitcher Juan Mateo and outfielder Jake Fox have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa while right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Three non-roster invitees have been reassigned to minor league camp: left-handed pitcher Ed Campusano, infielder Luis Figueroa and catcher JD Closser. In addition, right-handed pitcher Shingo Takatsu has been granted his unconditional release.

Chicago’s spring roster of 42 players consists of 21 pitchers (two non-roster invitees), three catchers (one non-roster invitee), 11 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and seven outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

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No real surprises here. Right?

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Non Roster Invitee List Remaining:

  1. Les Walrond
  2. Tim Lahey
  3. Koyie Hill
  4. Andres Blanco
  5. Alex Cintron
  6. Micah Hoffpauir
  7. Casey McGehee
  8.  Josh Kroeger
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