Cubs place 3 relievers on COVID-related IL

The Cubs navigated last season without a positive COVID-19 test among their player group. It was a small victory within a complicated and trying season for the club and the sport as a whole.

“We feel very fortunate in that way,” Cubs manager David Ross said.

Prior to Monday’s game in Milwaukee, the Cubs placed relievers Jason Adam, Dan Winkler and Brandon Workman on MLB’s COVID-19-related injured list, though no more specifics were given about the pitchers’ health.

All three are self-isolating in Chicago, along with first-base coach Craig Driver and bullpen coach Chris Young. Driver did not travel to the weekend series in Pittsburgh following a positive COVID-19 test, and Young did not join the team in Milwaukee following a positive test of his own.

The Cubs have been taking daily COVID-19 tests and conducting contact tracing since Wednesday. Ross noted that the entire traveling party in Milwaukee tested negative on Monday.

“The guys have been pretty diligent about wearing their mask,” Ross said. “We’re hoping for the best, but we’re also planning for the worst. I think that’s just the way you have to kind of have that mindset in this time we’re in right now.”

The Cubs recalled lefties Justin Steele and Brad Wieck and selected righty Pedro Strop as a replacement player from their alternate training site in South Bend, Ind., to fill the bullpen vacancies. Adam, Winkler and Workman do not count against the 40-man…

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