just so we are on the same page the vertical pipe that goes to the overflow there is a junction where the two connect and that is where i capped it with the pvc cap.
I have not drilled out a hole bc i am worried about it not being lined up well and ruining my tub and possibly flaking off the coating on the inside of the tub. If it is possible i could potentially hook up the pipe again. i had some free time today so i did that while i wait on a plumber to install the delta shower valve.
I have all the drywall ripped off around the tub so i can always just pick the tub up again to get in there if i need to.