Novoa, 27, posted an 11.57 ERA (3 ER/2.1 IP) in four relief outings this spring, limiting hitters to a .200 batting average.
In 2006, Novoa set career bests with 66 appearances, 76.0 innings pitched and 53 strikeouts for the Cubs while finishing the year with a 2-1 record and a 4.26 ERA (36 ER/76.0 IP). Originally signed by Pittsburgh in 2000, he was acquired by the Cubs from Detroit in February 2005 with infielder Scott Moore and outfielder Bo Flowers in exchange for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and cash.
Chicago's spring roster of 35 players consists of 17 pitchers (one non-roster invitee, LHP Les Walrond), three catchers (one non-roster invitee, Koyie Hill), eight infielders (one non-roster invitee, Tomas Perez) and seven outfielders.
Wednesday, March 21
The Chicago Cubs today announced its second round of roster cuts, reducing its spring roster from 44 players to 36 players.
Left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall, right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol and catcher Geovany Soto have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Five non-roster invitees have been returned to minor league camp, including left-handed pitchers Ryan O'Malley and Carmen Pignatiello. Infielders Casey McGehee and Micah Hoffpauir, as well as catcher Jake Fox, have also been returned to minor league camp.