The Cubs have decided to start the 2012 season with 14 position players, and 11 bullpen guys. Sveum and company feel that with early season day offs that they will be fine carrying 11 pitchers. The Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off of waivers, so he will be the 14th position player on the active roster.
Here is how the bullpen shapes up…
Very excited to see Dolis make the team, he has earned it. With the decisions finally made the Cubs are all set for Thursday afternoon. With 11 pitchers on the roster, the Cubs better get quality starts from their starters early in the year. Typically guys won’t go that deep into games in the first few weeks of the season, but the Cubs will need it because that bullpen could get tired very fast. I understand there are off days, but innings could add up quick when there are only 5 options out of the pen, not counting the closer. 16 hours till first pitch, bring a blanket.
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– George Cotugno