Chicago Cubs Announce Opening Day Roster, Including Alec Mills to the Injured List

With HOURS to spare, the Chicago Cubs have announced their Opening Day 28-man roster (recall, it’ll shrink back down to 26 after April).

It turns out, everyone who was still in camp when Spring Training ended has made the team, because Alec Mills is surprisingly going on the Injured List with a lower back strain. That means the Cubs can go with 14 pitchers and 14 position players to open the season, with all of Alfonso Rivas, Michael Rucker, and Ethan Roberts having made the team, and with Mychal Givens good to go.

The IL stint for Mills is back-dated to April 4, so, theoretically, he could be good to return when the Cubs open their series in Colorado next week, which is when they would need another “starting pitcher.” We’ll see if this was just a matter of playing with the roster and ensuring that Mills was at 100% before pitching him, or whether it’s a real injury for Mills and yet ANOTHER starting pitching option the Cubs are moving forward without.

As for the full roster to kick off the season, here you go:

PITCHERS (14+5 IL)

0-Marcus Stroman, RHP

11-Drew Smyly, LHP

12-Codi Heuer, RHP (60-day IL)

20-Wade Miley, LHP (10-day IL)

21-Ethan Roberts, RHP

28-Kyle Hendricks, RHP

30-Alec Mills, RHP (10-day IL)

35-Justin Steele, LHP

37-David Robertson, RHP

38-Brad Wieck, LHP (60-day IL)

43-Jesse Chavez, RHP

49-Daniel Norris, LHP

50-Rowan Wick, RHP

57-Scott Effross, RHP

58-Chris Martin, RHP

59-Michael Rucker, RHP

60-Mychal Givens, RHP

71-Keegan Thompson, RHP

73-Adbert Alzolay, RHP (60-day IL)

 INFIELDERS (6+2 IL)

1-Nick Madrigal

2-Nico Hoerner

13-David Bote (60-day IL)

16-Patrick Wisdom

18-Frank Schwindel

19-Andrelton Simmons (10-day IL)

24-Jonathan Villar

67-Alfonso Rivas

OUTFIELDERS (6)

8-Ian Happ

22-Jason Heyward

27-Seiya Suzuki

32-Michael Hermosillo

66-Rafael Ortega

77-Clint Frazier

CATCHERS (2)

7-Yan Gomes

40-Willson Contreras

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