The Cubs Now Have 13 Pitchers On the Roster

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The Cubs Now Have 13 Pitchers On the Roster

Chicago Cubs

What the hell?

Cubs infielder Bobby Scales has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa in anticipation of activating starting pitcher Rich Harden off the disabled list for his start on Saturday,’s Bruce Levine reported on Friday. ESPN Chicago.

This leaves the Chicago Cubs with 13 pitchers on the roster, and 12 positional players (11 and 14 are the more typical numbers). For a team that can’t score any runs, this is truly bizarre.

Presumably, this is simply a precursor to Ryan Freel’s return from the disabled list when Scales was going to have to go anyway. But still, I can’t figure out the order myself.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.