Some pre-game briefing notes from the Cubs’ men in charge, more or less aligning with all you would have guessed in any case.
Theo Epstein says he’s staying, Joe Maddon says Kris Bryant and Javy Baez aren’t playing, other regulars are going to get rest soon, and no one is gonna say boo about Maddon’s job status for now:
Theo Epstein dismisses speculation that he could be interested in returning to Boston and running the Red Sox again: “There’s nothing to that story. I’m here. We have a lot we need to work on to get back to the level we’re accustomed to. I’m invested in that.”
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) September 25, 2019
Maddon admits Bryant & Baez likely shut down for season. Hamels still hopes to make one start, Rizzo and Zobrist could be pulled as soon as Cubs mathematically eliminated.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 25, 2019
Maddon admitted we probably won't see Bryant or Javy again this season – no point in pushing it with injuries given the Cubs are on brink of elimination.
Theo said Nico Hoerner will probably get a day off and then see some time at 2B as Cubs begin to turn attention to 2020.
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) September 25, 2019
Maddon chatted with Theo today. Will continue to have dialogue over next few days. Epstein — with team for rest of trip — declined comment on Maddon’s unsettled contract situation.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 25, 2019
More on Epstein’s and Maddon’s comments coming later, but I am doing some solo parenting through the early part of the game. Didn’t want to leave folks hanging on this stuff in the interim.