CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs manager David Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer have tested positive for COVID-19.
A team spokesperson said Ross and Hoyer are feeling fine and are in quarantine. They are both vaccinated.
Bench coach Andy Green, who will lead the team while Ross is absent, beginning with Friday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, says Ross is handling the situation to the best of his ability.
“Ross doesn’t feel anything at all. He feels completely normal,” Green said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. “He is frustrated that he cannot manage this team. He will do what he can at home.”
Despite Ross’s positive test, Green says there is no indication at this time of more COVID-19 cases in the dressing room.
“At this point, all of your close contacts [de Ross] They have been evaluated and we do not have positive tests in the dressing room, “Green said.” We hope that we all stay healthy and continue to test negative.
“We are going to try to reduce our time in the dressing room over the next week, try to mitigate the spread of it as much as possible.”
The Cubs are among a handful of Major League Baseball teams that have failed to meet the 85% vaccination threshold required for relaxation of Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols.
The team issued a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its non-gaming employees, sources told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on Thursday.
Those employees must be fully vaccinated by October 4, when staff return to their offices during the off-season. A source told ESPN that at least 90% of the team’s employees are vaccinated.
Because they are part of a union, MLB players are exempt from team mandates as they must be bargained collectively. The league and union are currently negotiating a new collective agreement. The current one expires on December 1.
Still, Green hopes Cubs players who are not yet vaccinated can see the benefits of receiving the vaccine.
“I think everything we see from a research perspective shows that those of us who choose to get vaccinated are much more likely to be asymptomatic … I think that’s the message to the unvaccinated guys in the clubhouse who have continued to take that decision”.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.