Ross Watched Cubs' Workout From Rooftop Monday

David Ross was absent because his coronavirus test results were delayed.

Chris Emma
July 14, 2020 - 4:19 pm
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(670 The Score) Cubs manager David Ross was among those in the organization whose coronavirus test results were delayed Monday morning. 

Though he was feeling well, Ross made the safe choice to isolate from the team -- on a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field.

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Ross brought his dog to the elevated rooftop patio and had a sight line to watch the Cubs' workout from there, texting team personnel while the players went through the day's work. But being forced away from the ballpark was rough for Ross.

"It's miserable," Ross said Tuesday after being cleared to return. "It's miserable. Your team's here working. You want to be a part of that. No way around that. But trying to take every precaution possible."

Five other tier-1 Cubs individuals were also absent from the workout Monday. That was because of delays in test results that have been common since MLB teams opened summer camps July 3.

Ross is stressing patience with MLB's testing procedures and believes they will improve. As part of the effort to produce more timely results, a second lab is opening up for MLB on the East Coast. The hope is that helps reduce the delays coming out of the primary lab in Utah.

"We're just going to have to adjust as this thing continues to move forward," Ross said. "But every time these adjustments come up, we're all on the phone with MLB and so is every other club just making sure that they're ironing out as much as they can.

"Every topic that's been a hurdle so far, they're on top of it."