Cubs reduce spring roster to 40 players

MESA -- The Chicago Cubs today sent seven players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 47 to 40 players.

Infielders Adrian Cardenas and Anthony Rizzo have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Five non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson; infielder Bobby Scales; outfielders Jim Adduci and Brett Jackson; and catcher Michael Brenly.

Chicago’s spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (four non-roster invitees), four catchers (one non-roster invitee), nine infielders (four non-roster invitees) and seven outfielders (one non-roster invitee).