Cubs Push Back Workouts for the Second Time in a Week Due to Delayed Testing Results (UPDATE)

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Cubs Push Back Workouts for the Second Time in a Week Due to Delayed Testing Results (UPDATE)

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For the second time in a week – you know, the first week of Summer Camp – the Cubs have had to push back their workouts because of a delay in getting COVID-19 test results back from MLB’s centralized lab in Utah.

Players are to be tested every other day, and receive results within 24 to 48 hours. So, again, for the second time in the FIRST WEEK of regular testing, the Cubs have not received their test results back for more than 48 hours. That is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable if the league is planning to pull off a safe season for the next 12+ weeks.

David Ross was upbeat about the situation, per reports, and didn’t express concern this time around (last time he gave MLB a call to share his displeasure about the delays). Maybe I’m the one overreacting. But this is a joke, and it’s a joke about something that has to go as smoothly as any part of this process.

UPDATE: Theo Epstein just told ESPN1000 that the tests are now back, and they were all negative. He says the early hiccups/growing pains were expected, and MLB/MLBPA made adjustments. Sounds like he feels good about improvements so far.


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