Manager Notes: Cubs Had a Positive COVID Test, Holder Out With a Pec Issue

A couple of stray notes that would’ve otherwise gone in the Spring Training Miscellany, but since today’s game isn’t happening until late tonight, I wanted to get them in front of you now.

First up, a Cubs player on the minor league side has tested positive for COVID-19:

No identity for the player at this time, but the mention of minor league “side” suggests it’s a true minor leaguer, rather than a big-league-type player in on a minor league deal.

Some minor leaguers have been arriving at camp over the past week, though minor league spring training does not officially begin until next weekend after the big leaguers have departed for the MLB season. So it’s possible the positive test was someone arriving early and going through the intake process. In a way, you hope that’s what it was, rather than someone who was around camp and got it. Either way, the contact tracing and additional testing came back good, and now we just hope whoever it is gets through it just fine.

Meanwhile, if you’ve been wondering (like I had been) where reliever Jonathan Holder has been, he’s been hurt:

Holder was one of the Cubs’ few big league signings this offseason in the bullpen, but with a minor league option remaining, there was always a chance he would be a guy who didn’t initially make the pen. Now with an injury that has slowed him, it seems plausible he’ll start the season on the IL anyway.

The path for a guy like Pedro Strop to make the bullpen got a whole lot wider over the past 24 hours, with the reveal on Holder and the additional option for Adbert Alzolay.

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