Major League Baseball is expected to send out guidelines to teams on Sunday to end organized group workouts at spring and home parks according to a recent report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich. Spring camps will remain open but will operate with limited staff.
MLB expected to send out guidelines advising teams to end organized group workouts at spring and home parks, sources tell me and @EvanDrellich. Camps would remain open for individual needs, but with limited staff. Idea is stricter compliance with social-distancing practices.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 15, 2020
This all sounds like standard procedure given the recent protocols recommended by the CDC. The New York Posts’ Joel Sherman outlined the directive in a series of tweets but essentially, clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in groups.
Additionally, Drellich reports that minor league players are to leave spring training with some exceptions. Non-roster players are being sent home as well and teams have been told to help players who might have difficulty returning home.
Minor League players are to leave spring training, w/some exceptions, per memo sent from MLB to clubs: “All non-roster players should return to their off-season residences to the extent practical.”— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 15, 2020
Teams told to help players who have circumstances that make going home difficult
If you are wondering why teams are being asked to take these sort of measures, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that a minor league player in the Yankees system has tested positive becoming the first known case in baseball.
A minor league player in the New York Yankees system has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell ESPN. He is the first known case in baseball. He was quarantined Friday morning after saying he was running a fever.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 15, 2020
This situation is fluid and continues to change and as a result, we probably shouldn’t expect to see plans for a return anytime soon.
Stay safe everyone.