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Spring Training Miscellany: Intake Screening, Williams Plans, Work on the Mound, More

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As players and personnel have been arriving to Spring Training this week, that has meant something big that it didn’t mean last year at this time: a whole lot of intake testing for COVID-19.

Today, MLB released results from the first set of screenings, and with just 13 total positives, the numbers are dramatically lower than at intake for summer camp last June:

The positivity rate on tests at intake in June was SIX times larger. That makes sense primarily as behaviors among players and personnel have probably changed, because the case rates nationally are actually not all that dissimilar between right now and last June, when the pandemic waned a bit over the summer. So, the fact that the intake results are down so much more is probably a good sign?

It’s not clear yet if the Cubs had any positives during intake (or if they’ll be reported), though Kyle Ryan was placed on the COVID injury list.

Speaking of intakes, there’ll be a whole lot more this weekend as position players officially report. I tentatively anticipate that’s when we’ll see the Jake Marisnick signing become official, by the way. Could be that the Cubs were just waiting to do his physical once he arrives.

New Cubs starter Trevor Williams is likely gonna try to get back to his pitch mix from a couple years ago – he’s mentioned multiple times wanting to become more two-seam-oriented:

Hey, he’s already getting a bump:

The visual component, including Adbert Alzolay continuing to get pointers from Jake Arrieta:

The Cubs shared a fun new video today on bat flips – nothing but bat flips:



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.