David Ross Speaks: Pitchers Already Up to 3 Innings, Being Responsible, Intrasquad Coming, More

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David Ross Speaks: Pitchers Already Up to 3 Innings, Being Responsible, Intrasquad Coming, More

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The Chicago Cubs are now at Summer Camp, and the first workout is coming. That also means it’s finally time for (still new!) manager David Ross to get back in front of the mic to discuss the daily comings and goings of the Cubs. His first media session just concluded, and I wanted to share much of what he discussed. (To that end, if you’re on Twitter, you’re reminded to make sure to follow the beat writers down below so you can keep up with the latest.)

The biggest note at the top from Ross is that, as of the moment of this writing, he is not aware of any Cubs player not coming today for any reason:

The implication there is that the Cubs are not expecting any opt-outs OR positive COVID-19 tests from the last few days, but I should preach caution on that last one. It could simply be that Ross hasn’t heard yet. It would be mathematically very surprising if no Cubs tested positive at this time.

From here, obviously, the goal is to prevent risk of spread at the Cubs facilities, and to trust the players and those around them to take every precaution they can:

That last note right there is a reminder of Ross’s mentality with respect to how he works with these players. He’s an extremely  team-oriented guy, and, having been so close with so many of these players in the recent past – and having already been part of the Cubs organization for several years – will probably help that sense of trust and reliance on each other.

Ross speaking to what the workouts will look like initially, and how far along the pitchers already are:

I mean, if the starters are already throwing three LIVE innings this weekend, that would suggest they should have no problem – in terms of arm readiness – going 5+ innings by Opening Day (three weeks). It sounds like the Cubs are very pleased by how the arms have stayed fresh, and I have to admit, I am kind of blown away that they’re ready to go right into live simulations.

Oh also … can we get that intrasquad game on TV tomorrow, or … ?

As for the Jose Quintana injury and fallout, Ross mentioned a few pitchers by name (though note that Adbert Alzolay is, for now, set to be in South Bend, so that’s why he likely wasn’t mentioned):

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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.