The Cubs cut 4 pitchers from there spring training camp roster this week. Lefty Scott Maine and righty Justin Berg were 2 of the casualties and they will start the season at Triple-A Iowa. There was an outside chance that Maine was going to make the opening day roster, but with a healthy Sean Marshall, John Grabow and James Russell, the Cubs decided not to keep 4 lefties in the bullpen. Manager Mike Quade had this to say about Maine’s progress – “He pitched great for me last year and he’s had an OK spring but it’s command with him and experience. He was a starter for a long time and is continuing to learn abuot pitching out of the pen and how to make 18 pitches work for you instead of having 70 or 80 to figure it out.” Maine appeared in 13 MLB games for the Cubs in 2010. He had a nifty 2.08 ERA with 11 K’s in 13 innings pitched and looks to have a bright future with the Cubs at only 26 years of age.
Berg, on the other hand, had a rough spring. He only pitched 4 innings and gave up 10 ER (7 runs in one outing) on 8 hits in the process. Berg had trouble with his control and keeping pitches down, so he will head to the minors to continue to get ready for the upcoming season.
Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman were the other 2 players cut. Guzman is recovering from right shoulder surgery and is scheduled to make his first appearance in a game next week. Wellemeyer was a non-roster invitee and has been bothered by a sore hip all spring. It is unclear what Wellemeyer plans to do for the rest of the season.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything else on who ends up winning the 5th starting spot in the rotation and the 2nd base job that is still up for grabs as well.