Cubs reduce spring roster to 53 players

MESA - The Chicago Cubs have assigned eight players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 61 to 53 players.

Infielder Christian Villanueva and catcher Rafael Lopez have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Six non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Corey Black, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach; left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka; and infielder Logan Watkins.

Chicago's spring roster of 53 players consists of 28 pitchers (six non-roster invitees), five catchers (two non-roster invitees), 10 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three non-roster invitees).