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• The Cubs signed Yorvit Torrealba to a Minor League deal on Thursday, and the veteran catcher was to report to the team's complex in Mesa, Ariz.

A career .256 hitter, Torrealba, 35, had signed with the Angels in January, but was released on March 23. He has played for the Rockies, Giants, Rangers, Padres, Mariners, Brewers and Blue Jays. Last season, he appeared in 61 games with the Rockies, batting .240 with eight doubles and 16 RBIs.

There was no timetable for how long Torrealba will work out in Mesa.

• The Cubs will continue to carry 13 pitchers, and so far, Renteria said he hasn't missed having an extra player on the bench. Most teams carry 12 pitchers.

"It's actually possibly helped us to have the guys we have, so we can gain some length," Renteria said. "It also allows us to give guys some days off with the usage in certain instances."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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