Vitters, Jackson among 18 sent to minors

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs sent 18 players to minor league camp, including third baseman Josh Vitters, outfielder Brett Jackson, pitchers Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson and Trey McNutt, reducing the roster to 40.

Thirteen non-roster invitees were assigned to minor league camp: Carpenter, Jackson and McNutt; left-handed pitcher Scott Rice; catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson; infielders Bryan LaHair, Marquez Smith and Vitters; and outfielders Jim Adduci, Jackson, Lou Montanez and Brad Snyder.

Pitchers Robert Coello and Thomas Diamond were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Kyle Smit were optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs' spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), four catchers, 10 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and six outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

The Cubs will have to cut their roster down to 25 by April 1.