The Chicago Cubs made their second round of red tag roster cuts yesterday.

The Cubs also sent five players back to the minor league camp: Pitchers Brian Schlitter, J. R. Mathes and Matt Smith, catcher Steve Clevenger and outfielder Richie Robnett. Their roster stands at 53 before the expected Koskie signing. Hardball.

None was expected to make the Cubs. Robnett was received from the A’s in the Michael Wuertz deal, and he’ll likely play at AAA Iowa this year. He’s on the 40-man roster, so if the Cubs need an emergency outfielder for an extended period of time this year, he might be it.

The Cubs got Schlitter from the Phillies for Scott Eyre. He’ll likely head to AA Tennessee after a dominating year at High A.

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