Ian Happ: Cubs Getting Accustomed To New Normal

The Cubs haven't had a player test positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.

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July 09, 2020 - 10:56 am

(670 The Score) While MLB's coronavirus testing protocols were erratic for many teams across the league on the first weekend of summer camp, Cubs outfielder Ian Happ believes his club is settling in with the new normal.

That includes testing every other day and social distancing and mask-wearing at the ballpark.

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"We're getting used to it," Happ said on the Dan Bernstein Show on Thursday morning. "As you go, you get used to everything you're doing. So for us, I think it's becoming more normal to have the testing every other day, to wear your mask when you're in the clubhouse, to make sure you're staying away from your teammates and making sure that you're not doing anything that's against the protocols. I think it's getting more normal. Guys are getting more comfortable with it. And it's going to be a process. It's going to be a learning process, especially when we get into games against other teams. Traveling, that will be another learning process. There's going to be a lot we have to work on as we go."

No Cubs player has tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday evening, which Happ believes showcases how seriously the team is taking the virus.

"We have a group of guys that have made this commitment together," Happ said. 

"You think through the consequences of your actions with everybody else. If that doesn't make you responsible and accountable to doing the right thing, to wearing your mask, to being really disciplined away from the field, you're definitely not a good teammate."

As for the baseball aspect, Happ emphasized the Cubs will be ready to go even with reduced preparation. Chicago hosts Milwaukee in its season opener at Wrigley Field on July 24.

"We're 15 days away from the start of the season now, and we're into scrimmages, we're into live games," Happ said. "It's just an accelerated timeline. We're going to be butting right up against the season as guys here find a way into their rhythm."