Cubs Summer Camp Miscellany: Willy Wrecks Kimbrel, Maples Walks, Negative Tests, Rizzo Sits, More | Bleacher Nation

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Cubs Summer Camp Miscellany: Willy Wrecks Kimbrel, Maples Walks, Negative Tests, Rizzo Sits, More

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It was a bizarre and busy day at Cubs Camp today, with workouts pushed back due to testing delays, though the tests from Sunday finally did come back (a day late), and all Cubs tested negative.

Moreover, the testing issues delayed the start of the Cubs’ *other* summer camp over in South Bend, but that group is finally now together:

Hopefully we get some updates from there soon, but things just got underway.

Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field, the Cubs put on Intrasquad Game number three, a 2.5-inning affair for relievers to get in their work. Tonight’s game saw Craig Kimbrel, Dillon Maples, Jeremy Jeffress, Brad Wieck, and Danny Hultzen take the ball.

Kimbrel led things off, allowing a single to Kris Bryant, striking out Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber, and then giving up a two-run oppo shot to Willson Contreras. Jason Heyward grounded out to end that frame.

I know, I know. But really, you can’t take much away from a Cubs hitter knocking a homer off of Kimbrel in his first intrasquad appearance. He’s out there pumping strikes per the eyes-on, and Contreras is a good hitter. I take nothing away from this right now.

Dillon Maples got the first pitching coach visit of Summer Camp, because of course, and then he did the Maples thing:

The Cubs did all the normal sights and sounds of the game in this one, including a special birthday message to their bench coach:

Fun with fake crowd sounds:

An annual thing, and not something to be concerned about yet:



Author: Brett Taylor

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.