Cubs Notebook: Ross Impressed with Kipnis, Rizzo on the Mend

Strong Start to Summer Camp for Kipnis

Cubs’ skipper David Ross had high praise for Jason Kipnis while speaking with the media over a Zoom call at Wrigley Field on Sunday morning.

“Kip has looked really good,” Ross said. “I’ve been really pleased with his at-bats, he’s swung the bat really well.”

The long-time Cleveland Indians’ second-baseman, Kipnis was brought into Spring Training 1.0 as a non-roster invitee after seeing a steady decline in his numbers during his final years in Cleveland.

For the time being, it seems like Kipnis isn’t just content with donning his hometown team’s jersey in the twilight of his career, he’s looking to lock down an everyday job with the Cubs.

Ross complimented Kipnis’ improved showing defensively since workouts resumed, and highlighted his increased range that wasn’t there a few months ago while the ballclub was down in Mesa, Arizona.

“He’s definitely moving better than he was during spring training.”

Ross said that he, “couldn’t be happier,” with Kipnis’ performance, and you have to believe that Ross would love nothing more than a productive and healthy Jason Kipnis in his lineup, and in his dugout as the Cubs look to make a return to the Postseason in 2020.

Anthony Rizzo, Albert Almora on the Mend

David Ross also spoke briefly on the status of Anthony Rizzo, and Albert Almora on Sunday morning.

“Rizz already had BP today, did his cagework, batting practice and then a live BP,” Ross said. “He and Souza took some live looks off of Colin Rea for us so we can get a controlled environment for Anthony. He looked good today, no back issues.”

According to Ross, Rizzo remains day-to-day but is on his way back to full-go.

“We have to see how he reacts when he cools down, goes home, and then get feedback from him working into tomorrow.”

When asked about Albert Almora’s status, Ross said that after speaking with Almora and the training staff, he has no concerns and stated that there are no limitations in place for Almora moving forward.

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