As Major League Baseball’s Summer Camp approaches, more players and coaches are speaking out about their feelings surrounding the Coronavirus. Most recently, Chicago White Sox Relief Pitcher, Steve Cishek, joined ESPN-Chicago’s “Kap and Co.” to talk about his mindset going into the shortened season.
The 34-year-old right hander has arrived in Chicago after driving his wife and two children from his home in Florida. Following MLB protocol, Cishek was given a Covid-19 test at Guaranteed Rate Field. He told the show that the results have not been released to him, but should be today. The former Chicago Cub explained that although Florida has become a hotspot for the virus, he would be pretty surprised to find out of a positive test.
Training During the Break
As far as training during the break, Cishek has remained diligent in his throwing. He says that early on, he was just throwing into a net at his house. When things started to ramp up, he began throwing to catchers. Even then, he explained, players were keeping their distance and wiping everything down to remain as safe as possible. In recent days, Cishek has been using a net in a Chicago alleyway to throw at until he meets his teammates on Friday.
In April, the submarine-throwing reliever told NBC Sports-Chicago that he would be very hesitant on playing a quarantined season. Being separated from his family was not something that sat well with the new acquisition. However, now that plans are being set in motion, Cishek is ready. Talking about the precautionary measures that are in place, Cishek said that he actually feels better playing baseball with the team than he did while at home. Cishek says that the protocol is safer than anything he had been doing before. Additionally, the constant testing that will be done is a huge contributor to that confidence as well as having to wear masks in the locker room at all times.
The 60-game slate begins in less than a month. The veteran arm believes that the White Sox are ready to go. Names like Carlos Rodon and Michael Kopech have had more time to rehab and prepare for their appearances. How this roster will perform in this oddity of a season, only time will tell.