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Friday, March 30, 2012
Bullpen decisions to come at last minute

By Doug Padilla

MESA, Ariz. -- The rotation is done, the Opening Day lineup is complete and most of the roster has been constructed.

That just leaves the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs' staff to sort out, something that will probably go down to the final hour before everything is sorted out.

“It will probably go down possibly to the workout on Wednesday,” manager Dale Sveum said.

That would be the team workout at Wrigley Field the day before the season opener against the Washington Nationals.

Rodrigo Lopez figures to make it as the long man, but two spots are expected to be left for four pitchers. Let the battle continue over the last five games for Frankie De La Cruz, Shawn Camp, Lendy Castillo and Manny Corpas, who has eight strikeouts in his last four outings.