Renfroe, who trained at his home in Mississippi while spring training was shut down, was present and took batting practice during the Rays' first day of summer camp Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Renfroe had a full range of training amenities in his home, including a batting cage, so he was presumably able to remain in solid baseball shape during the multi-month shutdown. The slugger did obviously make it back in time to join his teammates at Tropicana Field, and he was able to get an immediate jump on working on his hitting under the watchful eye of the coaching staff.
Renfroe, who has been diligently working out at his home in Mississippi while spring training remains suspended, isn't likely to join the Rays immediately for the limited workouts that will begin at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Renfroe has a full workout facility at his home, one that actually provides him access to a much more comprehensive array of equipment than some of his teammates will have at Tropicana Field. Because amenities such as the weight room and batting cages won't be immediately available due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, Renfroe is one of the players the Rays have encouraged to stay put until and when there is more of an indication the owners and players' union are close to an agreement on the conditions for an abbreviated 2020 season.
Renfroe has a full workout facility in his Mississippi home that is allowing him to maintain a comprehensive workout regimen during the current shutdown, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Topkin reports the outfielder recently joined 95.3 WDAE-FM for an interview and confirmed his personal equipment includes a batting cage with a pitching machine, weights, a Peloton bike and a treadmill. That array of fitness tools offers Renfroe a chance to keep every aspect of his training up and running while spring training remains suspended. The extra batting practice may come in particularly handy for the slugger, who hit just .200 across 12 Grapefruit League contests.
Renfroe, who hit .200 (6-for-30) across 12 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended, projects to be in the regular lineup against left-handed starters this season, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The slugging outfielder was generally sluggish at the plate this spring, but he's traditionally been successful versus left-handed pitching. Renfroe owns a career .269/.345/.579 slash line and .380 wOBA across 444 plate appearances versus southpaws, compared to a .221/.271/.459 line and .306 wOBA against righties. The disparity doesn't mean Renfroe won't log any at-bats versus right-handed pitching as well, but a spot in the lineup whenever a lefty is on the hill appears particularly secure.
Renfroe went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies on Thursday. He finished spring training hitting .200 (6-for-30), one double, Thursday's home run, three RBI, a walk and three runs. The slugging outfielder took Jake Arrieta deep to start the fourth inning. Renfroe began camp at full health after enduring multiple injuries last season, and even though he hasn't quite been able to parlay that into much success at the plate in exhibition play, he'll carry robust expectations heading into the delayed 2020 regular season.
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