"He told me to grab my stuff and one of the [clubhouse attendants] was going to drive me over here," Gibbs said, sitting in the clubhouse at Fitch Park on Monday, still looking a little awed by the news. "All they told me was [Geovany] Soto had a groin injury and to help out down here."
Soto, the Cubs' regular catcher, is unable to take part in practice on the field, so Gibbs was added to the Major League spring camp to fill in. A third-round pick in 2010, he played at Class A Peoria last year. On Monday, he had a new locker in between Cubs pitchers James Russell and Randy Wells, and just a couple of stalls away from Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood.
"All the other guys are so awesome, they're helping me out," Gibbs said. "It's been an easy transition."
He isn't just filling in to help pitchers throw on the side. Gibbs was working with Jason Jaramillo and Michael Brenly with the first team on defense on Monday. He's also assigned a pitcher to catch during the live BP sessions.
"It's guys you see on TV and everything," Gibbs said. "It's a very cool experience, especially seeing the name on the back of the jersey. It's pretty fun."
Soto, who was able to take part in the bunting tournament on Monday, is listed as day to day.
"He's been awesome," Gibbs said. "He's helped take care of me a little bit."
But has Gibbs told Soto to take his time and not rush back?
"Yeah, I did," Gibbs said, smiling.