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Cubs begin testing team for COVID-19 ahead of resumption of spring training

Cubs begin testing team for COVID-19 ahead of resumption of spring training

Cubs players and coaches will officially report for the resumption of spring training Wednesday, but the club has begun conducting COVID-19 testing in Wrigleyville.

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The photos are from the team's player parking lot. Right fielder Jason Heyward is one of several players who were part of Saturday's testing.

The operation wrapped up by mid-afternoon Saturday. 

 

Official team practices are not expected to begin until at least Friday.

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Cubs' Tommy Hottovy quips how good Yu Darvish's Twitter game is

Cubs' Tommy Hottovy quips how good Yu Darvish's Twitter game is

Yu Darvish is one of the most active Cubs on Twitter. He frequently updates his fans on his budding YouTube channel, his training and pitching outings. He's been outspoken on his concerns over COVID-19.

Darvish obviously stayed in touch with the Cubs during baseball's shutdown, but pitching coach Tommy Hottovy joked Sunday how the club could have kept up with the right-hander by checking his Twitter timeline alone.

“You can communicate with Darvish and get good updates but if you follow him on Twitter, it’s just as good," Hottovy said, laughing. "Just getting his updates on new pitches he’s coming up with and the new "Supreme" that he [added]."

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Last month, Darvish posted a video debuting his latest pitch, "The Supreme," a two-seam/splitter hybrid. If you count the various versions of his pitches, he has upwards of 11-12 available in his arsenal.

If you're looking for a Cub to keep an eye on on Twitter, Hottovy's endorsement (joke or not) shows Darvish is a great choice.

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Why Jon Lester hasn't yet thrown live batting practice in Cubs Summer Camp

Why Jon Lester hasn't yet thrown live batting practice in Cubs Summer Camp

Four of the five pitchers in the Cubs' presumed starting rotation were scheduled to throw in controlled intrasquad games over the weekend.

Yu Darvish (two innings) and Kyle Hendricks (three) faced off on Saturday. Tyler Chatwood and Alec Mills -- who is expected to fill the last spot in the rotation while Jose Quintana (thumb) is out  -- were penciled in for Sunday evening.  Jon Lester was othe odd man out.

“The one thing about Jon,” Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Sunday, “and he’s talked about it a lot through this down period, was he was a guy who really wanted to manage his throws. He wanted to, as he put it, save as many bullets as he possibly could. That doesn’t mean by any means he wasn’t throwing a baseball. He was staying active. He’s in a really good spot.”

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Lester, 36, has thrown two bullpens in the past few days, according to Hottovy. On Sunday, Lester simulated at-bats during his bullpen session. Lester is scheduled to throw live batting practice in two to three days.

Each of the starting pitchers’ throwing programs during the shutdown was tailored to his location, resources and needs.  Both then and now in Summer Camp, Hottovy said he wants to keep his pitchers “on a good schedule but listen to what their bodies are telling them.”

The season is set to open in less than three weeks.

 

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