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Today, the Chicago Cubs sent lefty Tommy Hottovy to minor league camp, according to multiple reports, reducing the camp roster to 44. Hottovy, 32, was in on a minor league flyer deal, but he┬áhadn’t got in much in the way of game action lately, and he was not expected to make the Cubs’ bullpen at this point.

There is some reason to believe Hottovy can handle lefties well, but the years are probably growing short for him. He still hasn’t received much of a shot in the big leagues, so he’ll have to keep on working toward the dream down at AAA Iowa if he sticks around with the Cubs. It’s possible that, by the time the rest of the roster cuts are made, there won’t be enough room for him at Iowa.


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