Cubs Have No COVID-19 Cases In Latest Testing

"We have a great atmosphere here," Jed Hoyer says.

Bruce Levine
July 07, 2020 - 6:43 pm

(670 The Score) The Cubs received a dose of good news Tuesday as none of the individuals in their first tier -- which includes all players and coaching personnel -- tested positive for COVID-19 in samples that were taken Sunday. 

Earlier in the day, the Cubs had delayed the start of their batting practice session and intrasquad scrimmage to the evening because they were waiting on test results. That decision came after a handful of teams across MLB canceled workouts Monday because of problems with getting test results back from the weekend.

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"Now that we are getting into this every other day routine, I think things are going to smooth out pretty well," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We got the results back from the tests on Sunday. All the players and coaches were negative. We also tested everyone today. So now I feel we will get into that routine."

As MLB attempts the unprecedented challenge of getting a 60-game season going amid a pandemic, the Cubs have been one of the healthiest teams in baseball. They haven't had any players test positive. A couple staff members were delayed in their arrival to summer camp because of positive tests. Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy revealed last week that he previously contracted the virus and had a difficult time getting over it.

"We have a great atmosphere here and (manager David Ross) and the coaches have done a great job," Hoyer said.

Hoyer acknowledged there "will be challenges ahead" in the process, but he's optimistic about the season getting started.

"We want this 2020 Cubs season to be up and running, and our focus is on the players doing the right things -- social distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, from a behavioral standpoint making sure the vibe in our camp is good," Hoyer said.

Reliever Kyle Ryan hasn't yet been cleared to come to camp. His delay in arrival is a process-related pause, Hoyer said.

Beyond that, the Cubs have a contingent of 10 players that was set to have its first workout at Class-A South Bend on Tuesday evening, Hoyer said.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.