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David Ross, five other Cubs miss morning workouts due to delayed COVID-19 tests


The Chicago Cubs just announced that manager David Ross and five other “Tier 1 individuals” missed the club’s morning workouts due to delayed COVID-19 tests. “Tier 1 individuals” refers to players, coaches, or staff who are tested every 48 hours.

The tests, the team said, are from Saturday. Results are supposed to be turned around in 24 hours, so that means these tests are a day late or close to it. This has become a common occurrence around Major League Baseball in the week and a half or so since teams returned to training. As we learned last night, the testing lags are causing some teams to turn to independent labs for COVID-19 testing.

Meanwhile, it was reported this morning that the country is gripped with delays in COVID-19 testing, rendering many of the tests effectively useless in terms of allowing people to isolate if they are known to have the virus.

So this is all going well.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.