2014 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster released

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The Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster has been set. We’re just hours away from the 2014 season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. And as you know the Cubs made that one huge off-season acquisition that made national headlines. It was a publicity splash when they introduced…..Clark the Bear.

Yes, Clark the mascot. I guess you understand why the sports books have the Cubs as the second least likely MLB team to win the World Series.

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Some footnotes to the Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster.

Right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tightness. Right-handed pitcher James McDonald has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Fujikawa and Arrieta are retroactive to March 21.

Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster:

PITCHERS (12 + 3 DL)

11-Kyuji Fujikawa, RHP (15-Day DL)

29-Jeff Samardzija, RHP

33-Carlos Villanueva, RHP

36-Edwin Jackson, RHP

37-Travis Wood, LHP

39-Jason Hammel, RHP

40-James Russell, LHP

41-Jose Veras, RHP

46-Pedro Strop, RHP

49-Jake Arrieta, RHP (15-Day DL)

52-Justin Grimm, RHP

53-Wesley Wright, LHP

55-James McDonald, RHP (60-Day DL)

56-Hector Rondon, RHP

63-Brian Schlitter, RHP

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CATCHERS (2)

12-John Baker

53-Welington Castillo

INFIELDERS (6)

13-Starlin Castro

15-Darwin Barney

24-Luis Valbuena

30-Mike Olt

44-Anthony Rizzo

64-Emilio Bonifacio

OUTFIELDERS (5)

6-Ryan Sweeney

19-Nate Schierholtz

20-Justin Ruggiano

21-Junior Lake

51-Ryan Kalish

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