Cubs grant lefty Doubront unconditional release

Cubs grant lefty Doubront unconditional release

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs granted left-hander Felix Doubront his unconditional release on Saturday. Doubront is owed 45 days of termination pay, or about $473,000. He had signed a contract with the team for $1.925 million.

In four spring games, Doubront gave up nine earned runs on 17 hits over seven innings. At the start of camp, he was being considered for the fifth-starter spot, but never got a spring start. Last season, Doubront was 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 21 games (14 starts) with the Red Sox and Cubs.

Eric Jokisch was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. The two roster moves reduced the spring camp roster to 38.

• Tsuyoshi Wada, slowed this spring because of leg problems, threw 42 pitches in a simulated game Saturday. Wada, who had been a candidate for the rotation, said his focus is on strengthening his legs. He caused pitching coach Chris Bosio's heart to skip a beat when Wada slipped on the concrete sidewalk near the complex after his session.

"I want to make sure I'm ready to pitch," Wada said.

• Dallas Beeler, who has been sidelined this spring because of tightness in his right biceps, is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game on Tuesday.

• Outfielder Chris Denorfia (left hamstring) is expected to resume baseball activities by the middle of the week.

• On Monday, the Cubs and Rangers will play a "Futures Game" at Sloan Park featuring the top prospects and young players from each organization. The game will start at 7 p.m. MT, after the Cubs host the Giants at 1:05 p.m. MT. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online at sloanpark.com or at the Sloan Park ticket office.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.