Last year, the Cubs were the only team to not have a player or coach test positive for COVID-19 during the season.
That’s not the case in 2021:
Cubs announce first base coach Craig Driver tested positive for Covid-19. He’s back in Chicago. Contact tracing and further testing hasn’t produced any other positive tests within the team.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) April 10, 2021
So, the good news is that there aren’t any other positive tests. The bad news is that the pandemic isn’t over and major league baseball players and coaches are still at risk for COVID-19.
Hopefully, this is a one-off event and won’t affect the Cubs further. It had been reported Friday that Driver was “under the weather” and would miss the trip to Pittsburgh. Mike Napoli, the team’s quality assurance coach, will fill in for Driver as first-base coach.
This is Driver’s second year with the Cubs. He joined them in 2020 after serving as the Phillies’ bullpen coach in 2018 and 2019. You can read more about his baseball career here.
The Cubs are scheduled to face the Pirates this evening at 5:35 p.m. CT. As always, we await developments.