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According to sources, the Chicago Cubs are placing at least one player on the COVID list.
We are less than two full weeks into the MLB regular season, and already teams across the league are dealing with COVID in the clubhouse.
At least one Chicago Cubs player is being placed on the COVID list, according to sources familiar with the situation. It’s believed to be out of abundance of caution.
Cubs bullpen coach Chris Young has tested positive for COVID-19. Jason Adam, Dan Winkler and Brandon Workman are being placed on the 10-day Injured List out of abundance of caution.
The Cubs just finished a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates and are now in Milwaukee for the last leg of their first road trip of the season. Chicago is supposed to open up a home series against the Braves on Friday but it’s now unclear whether games will have to be postponed.
As the country races to vaccinate as many Americans as possible, baseball was struck right away on Opening Day with a COVID issue. The Washington Nationals were forced to postpone their opening series against the New York Mets after nine players tested positive. Across the league players are being placed on the COVID-19 injured list as precautions as they await test results or display symptoms associated with the virus.
When the league started up play late in the summer of 2020, it was marred by the outbreak of COVID in the Miami Marlins locker room. Despite this, and other outbreaks in other clubhouses, the league played the entirety of its truncated season.
So despite positive tests in multiple clubhouses just a week into the 2021 season, the league has precedent to proceed with business as usual.
Coincidentally, and perhaps ironically, Gallagher Way — which is situated just steps away from the third base line gates at Wrigley Field — has been a vaccine distribution center for the last week.