Chicago Cubs manager David Ross texts Pittsburgh Pirates counterpart Derek Shelton, trying to clarify postgame remarks about the team

Chicago Cubs supervisor David Ross tried to set the document straight Saturday.

Ross thought he had corrected himself throughout his postgame remarks Thursday however needed to make clear his intention with Pittsburgh Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton.

Ross texted Shelton on Friday night time to clarify that his feedback after the Cubs’ 8-6 loss to the Pirates on Thursday at Wrigley Field stemmed from frustration about his staff’s efficiency when he acknowledged, “That’s not a good team that just took two of three from us — or not our caliber team, I believe — and we’ve got to turn it around. It’s on me. It’s on the guys in that room.”

The Pirates took exception to Ross’ phrases. Shelton informed reporters Friday, partly, that “it’s unfortunate that he chose to make them about our team instead of his team.” The Cubs received 10 of 13 video games within the season collection, outscoring the Pirates 101-49.

“I was more talking about us and how we played this year against that team,” Ross stated earlier than Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Colorado Rockies. “We played really well, and any team can win on any given night. Derek and that crew over there have done a really nice job. Part of this job, you’re not always going to be perfect in these meetings and sometimes after a game postgame, you’re going to say things that probably don’t come out the right way and what you’re really truly feeling and the respect you have for everybody in this league.”

The Pirates may have an effect on whether or not the Cubs make the playoffs. Five of their remaining eight video games are in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins after the Pirates beat the Reds on Friday.

“Hopefully they use my words and kick the crap out of the Reds,” Ross stated with a smile.

Another reliever lands on the injured checklist

Right-hander Brad Boxberger is again on the injured checklist.

Boxberger, 35, missed 4 months with a proper forearm pressure, returning Sept. 12 in Colorado. He had appeared in 5 video games, most lately Thursday when he allowed two massive runs within the eighth inning in opposition to the Pirates.

Although Boxberger was largely efficient in his outings earlier than Thursday’s struggles, his stuff had ticked down and wasn’t on par with what he confirmed final season. Boxberger’s fastball velocity averaged 91.1 mph in 2023 after averaging 92.7 mph final season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Right-hander Keegan Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to exchange Boxberger.

Boxberger is the third Cubs reliever on the IL with a forearm pressure, becoming a member of Adbert Alzolay and Michael Fulmer, who is also spending his second stint sidelined by the identical harm. Boxberger’s unavailability for at the very least the remainder of the common season once more assessments a largely unproven bullpen.