Cubs’ bullpen coach Chris Younger exams constructive for COVID-19, three gamers positioned on COVID record

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MILWAUKEE – The Cubs have been one of many fortunate groups when it got here to dealing with COVID-19 final season, however simply 10 days into the 2021 season, they haven’t been practically as lucky. The Cubs introduced on Monday that bullpen coach Chris Younger has examined constructive for COVID-19.

The workforce additionally introduced right-handers Jason Adam, Dan Winkler and Brandon Workman have all been positioned on the COVID-19 associated record. Left-handers Brad Wieck and Justin Steele have been known as up from the alternate website and chosen Pedro Strop as a substitute participant from the alternate website.

“We’ve examined daily since Wednesday,” supervisor David Ross stated earlier than Monday’s sport. “Every check continues to come back again and we assess as we get the data. And operating by means of each protocol, ensuring we’re taking each step.”

“We’ve over-tested out of plenty of warning simply making an attempt to maintain everyone secure. If there’s any signs that pop up or issues that don’t look proper, we’re being further cautious proper now.”

The constructive check comes simply days after first base coach Craig Driver examined constructive for the virus. Driver didn’t journey with the workforce to Pittsburgh as a consequence of being “beneath the climate” earlier than his constructive check turned official. All three gamers and Younger are presently again in Chicago and are remoted away from the workforce.

“There’s all the time that sort of underlying, how huge [does this spread]?,” Ross stated. “We’re in our personal little world right here and we attempt to keep in our personal little bubble. So yeah, there’s concern for positive. … We’re hoping for the very best, however we additionally plan for the worst. I feel that’s simply the way in which it’s a must to sort of have that mindset on this time we’re in proper now.”

Younger traveled with the workforce on their flight from Pittsburgh to Chicago on Sunday earlier than the workforce bought the information on Monday.

In accordance with Ross, Monday’s Cubs-Brewers sport was by no means unsure as each member of the Cubs touring occasion who was in Milwaukee examined destructive on Monday.

The Cubs have been one in every of eight groups to not have a participant check constructive for COVID-19 final season.

“You’re fearful in regards to the well being and well-being of others,” Ross stated. “I feel it simply hits house each time my cellphone rings and it’s one of many medical doctors or the trainers or Jed. Your coronary heart sinks and we’re making an attempt to win ball video games, too, proper? I imply, there’s your there’s only a lot occurring, and everyone understands the world we’re in and simply need to be sure everyone comes out okay and stays wholesome.”

Whereas a number of groups have been getting 85% of their Tier 1 personnel vaccinated, the Cubs nonetheless haven’t but been in a position to attain that threshold. With two coaches now testing constructive and three gamers out for an unknown period of time, the workforce nonetheless hopes those that haven’t gotten the vaccine would begin to come round.

“I’ve clearly shared my expertise going by means of COVID and what I handled with them,” pitching coach Tommy Hottovy stated. There’s much more folks which can be in our circles or individuals who have been round or members of the family which have had it. So there’s much more tales and case research.”

“We’re positively hopeful,” Ross stated. “We’re hopeful that guys can see the worth in being vaccinated and making an attempt to get in the direction of that threshold quantity, however once more, every man makes their decisions. It’s available and we’re working in the direction of that quantity as diligently as we are able to.”



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