Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein spoke today, addressing the Jose Quintana injury. That was a bummer.
Epstein got into a range of other topics, however, that are worth sharing here rapid-fire.
Cubs players are undergoing COVID-19 testing this week, as are players all around baseball. And while teams are prohibited from announcing positive tests, the aggregate can and will be revealed by MLB, likely tomorrow:
Theo indicated the league would prob announce on Friday how many positive tests during intake. As for Cubs, He said there wasn't any 'significant change' from previous update in which 2 staff members tested positive (not players).
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) July 2, 2020
As we’ve seen with other teams (probably), should any Cubs players test positive, they will be placed on the special COVID-19 Injured List … we just won’t know it. Instead, they’ll be publicly placed on the 10-day IL with no injury stated. So, it’s weird.
As for the staff update, I take that comment to mean that no additional staff members (as opposed to players) have tested positive this week.
Speaking of testing, this seems like a good idea for lots of reasons:
Cubs have made testing open to players' families
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) July 2, 2020
At Summer Camp, the Cubs are doing everything they can to make the best of the facilities at Wrigley Field for safety purposes:
Theo says Cubs are basically moving everything they can outdoors, like weight rooms, to set up Wrigley for workouts.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) July 2, 2020
The organization is moving forward with something Epstein discussed last month:
Last month, Theo Epstein said he hoped to form a diversity committee within Cubs to examine the org and things it can do to improve and take action. He said today the group has been formed and has a chance to have "real authority" to help Cubs make a difference.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 2, 2020