Gaudin Released; Cubs Finalize Roster

HOUSTON – The Chicago Cubs today set their Opening Day 25-man roster in advance of their 2009 season opener tomorrow against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A Iowa and released right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin.

The 2009 Opening Day roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.

The Cubs open their 134th National League season tomorrow 6:05 p.m. against the Houston Astros to kick off a six-game road trip. After three with the Astros (April 6-8), Chicago heads to Milwaukee for three games with the Brewers (April 10-12) before returning home for their Wrigley Field opener Monday, April 13 vs. the Colorado Rockies.

Here's a look at the Cubs 2009 Opening Day roster:

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