Jed Hoyer Speaks: Lobaton Addition, Rizzo's Back, Testing Delays, Hendricks

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Jed Hoyer Speaks: Lobaton Addition, Rizzo’s Back, Testing Delays, Hendricks

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The Cubs’ GM spoke with the media today getting into a range of topics. Make sure you’re following the Cubs beats on Twitter to keep up with the latest.

Among the bits from today …

The ongoing testing delays are obviously a major subject of concern, particularly with the season due to start in a week. It’s certainly on the Cubs’ radar:

That the challenge is much greater for MLB is obvious, and no argument here. But nevertheless, MLB has to figure out a way to prevent teams from having to decide between maximizing player safety and maximizing on-field performance. We do not want teams to even have the option to play a guy when his test results have been delayed by a couple days because they’re willing to roll the dice.

On Anthony Rizzo’s back, Hoyer left things ambigous:

Rizzo, himself, said much of the same – he wants to be there for Opening Day, but if he needs a little more time, so be it.

The Cubs signed another catcher last night, back-up-back-up Jose Lobaton, and Hoyer explained:

Like I said last night, my best guess is that as it becomes more and more clear that Josh Phegley is going to make the Opening Day roster, the Cubs will need a different catcher on the three-man taxi squad. If that isn’t going to be a youngster like P.J. Higgins or Miguel Amaya, then the Cubs had to sign someone.

Some love for the Cubs’ Opening Day starter:

Author: Brett Taylor

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