There very well may be three catchers on the Cubs opening day roster.
Teams are allowed 30 players on opening day – that’s gradually trimmed to 26 over the first four weeks of the season. Cubs manager David Ross sees much of that extra rosters space as flexibility to carry more pitchers as starters work up to throwing five to seven innings. But with the designated hitter in the National League this season, catchers Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini are both candidates for the DH spot.
“I know everybody wants to stick Schwarb (Kyle Schwarber) in the DH spot,” Ross said Friday, “but we’ll move some things around.”
Schwarber will spend time in that role, but the Cubs also plan to use the DH to get backup catcher Carantini – “I like Vic’s bat,” Ross said -- more regular at-bats.
There will likely be games when both Contreras and Caratini are in the lineup. In those cases, Ross said he likes the idea of having catcher Josh Phegley on the bench as “insurance.”