MILWAUKEE — Adrian Sampson has turned the baseball over to Chicago Cubs manager David Ross.
Sampson retired the Milwaukee Brewers’ opening batter in the fourth inning, nearly holding him back. He allowed one run in the third when three consecutive hitters in the center of the Brewers’ lineup reached with two outs.
Otherwise, Sampson tended to be a typical start for the Cubs, keeping the team in the game and giving them a chance to win.
But Ross opted to bring in lefty Sean Newcombe, who allowed six runs in one or more innings on Sunday in the Cubs’ 9-7 loss.
Ross cited the Brewers’ hard-hitting ball and traffic on base from Sampson as his motivation to bring in Newcombe. Sampson admitted that he was surprised by the early hook, adding: You want to stay there as long as you can, so you have to trust what’s going on and be ready in five days. ”
Sampson’s brief outing will benefit the Cubs in the upcoming series. I do not travel to Toronto. The same requirements apply when returning to the United States.
The Cubs plan to put Steele and Sampson on the restricted list before the three-game series against the Blue Jays begins Monday at the Rogers Center.
After talking with family and friends, Steele decided he didn’t need to be vaccinated. .
Steele expects Friday in St. Louis to be the earliest he can start. Ross previously suggested the Cubs would shuffle the rotation after Thursday’s break, and didn’t say when Steele would next pitch.
The Cubs will be allowed to foster a fully vaccinated replacement player in Steele’s place. Anyone recalled as a replacement player due to COVID-19-related roster issues may be brought back with no option or designation of assignment.
Lefty Brendon Little and righty Jeremiah Estrada were in the visiting clubhouse after Sunday’s loss as the Cubs prepared to leave for Toronto. roster decisions are looming, giving us a chance to see Little and Estrada in the big leagues. Both players should be added to the 40-man roster if the organization wants to protect them from December’s Rule 5 draft.
Estrada has taken 40.4 percent of hitters this year while posting a 1.30 ERA between High-A South Bend and Triple-A Iowa. A first-round pick by the Cubs in 2017, Little has appeared in 29 games for Iowa with a 4.15 ERA.
Before Sunday’s game, the Cubs weren’t expected to replace Sampson on their active roster, as Sampson wasn’t scheduled to start in Toronto. According to MLB’s COVID-19 rules, a starting pitcher who is not fully vaccinated and ready to start in the team’s series in Toronto cannot be replaced on the 26-man roster.
But Sampson didn’t pitch in four straight innings in Sunday’s start, so the Cubs can fill in for Sampson.
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“I don’t know what the roster rules were,” Sampson said. “Unfortunately, I’m not on the road trip, but if I had pitched the day before, I wouldn’t have pitched. But I want to get the ball. I want to stay there as long as you can.” That’s my whole mindset today.”
Steele and Sampson will return to Chicago to rejoin the St. Louis team for this weekend’s game against the Cardinals. Sampson said his decision not to be vaccinated was for personal reasons.
“It’s kind of like waiting for more information to come out, and then the season comes along and that seems like the last thing you want to think about,” Sampson said. It would have been worse for them if I had lined up to pitch in Toronto.
“I think people should choose what they want to do, and hopefully appreciate each other, and not look down on anyone because of the decisions they make. But here everyone is very accepting of people’s decisions. Nice, I don’t feel like they’re trying to identify you.”
Last year, the Cubs were one of the few teams to fall short of the 85% vaccination threshold for players and other field staff to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
“Time gives everyone a chance to make decisions,” Ross said of the team’s improved vaccination rates. “Information continues to emerge about helping men make the right decisions.
“So yeah, just the two of us. rice field.”