Roughly a half-hour before Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Brewers, Hendricks was scratched after reporting to the team that he was not feeling well. Cubs manager David Ross made it known after the victory that Hendricks tested negative for COVID-19.
“It came back negative,” Ross said. “Anybody with a little something right now, we’re going to scratch and get him out of here.”
Within the past two days, the North Siders have placed four players (Jason Adam, Matt Duffy, Dan Winkler and Brandon Workman) on MLB’s COVID-19 related injured list. None have tested positive for COVID-19, but the Cubs had reason to remove them from the team at the moment.
The Cubs are also currently without a pair of coaches — first-base coach Craig Driver and bullpen coach Chris Young — after both recently tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s been really stressful,” Cubs reliever Pedro Strop said. “Especially today, when a couple minutes before the game our pitcher, he cannot pitch because he’s feeling sick. It’s really stressful.”
Ross said it was a “wait and see” situation, when asked if Hendricks might also need to be placed on the COVID-19-related injured list out of caution. The team has been taking daily COVID-19 tests, dating back to Wednesday, under the circumstances.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta is still scheduled to start as planned on Wednesday, but Ross said the Cubs will reassess their rotation order after Thursday’s off-day. If Hendricks is feeling improved…