Arozarena (illness), who continues to work on his conditioning at the team's alternate training site in Port Charlotte, is taking some reps at second base, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. The plan is still for Arozarena to primarily man outfield spots, which he did in all 308 of his professional regular-season games while with the Cardinals organization. Arozarena had taken reps at second in the past, however, including during spring training this year, and the enhanced positional versatility should only help both player and team once the promising 25-year-old is called up to the big-league roster.
Manager Kevin Cash recently said that Arozarena (COVID-19) will need a while to get back into game shape, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Arozarena has cleared all health-related protocols since testing positive for COVID-19, but because he missed all of summer camp before reporting to the Rays' alternate training site last week, he'll likely need at least another week to get his conditioning in order. MLB rosters are set to be reduced from 30 to 28 men beginning Friday, so Arozarena could have even more difficulty earning a look with the big club in the near future unless the Rays' outfield depth is tested. However, it is worth noting Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports there are positive reports about the promising prospect stemming from Port Charlotte, with manager Kevin Cash noting Arozarena has been "smacking doubles all over the ballpark" from what he's been told.
Arozarena (undisclosed) was cleared to report and will begin taking part in baseball activities at the Rays' alternate training site Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 25-year-old was unable to join Tampa Bay throughout summer camp for undisclosed reasons, but he's now on the path toward joining the team. Arozarena figures to require some time before reaching game readiness, though he could eventually work as a reserve/short-side platoon option in the outfield.
The Rays placed Arozarena (undisclosed) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Arozarena wasn't present with the Rays at any point during summer camp, with the team providing no explanation behind his absence. Once he's cleared to report to the team, Arozarena will head to the Rays' alternate training site to resume baseball activities. The 25-year-old could join the big club at some point in 2020 as a reserve/short-side platoon outfielder.
Arozarena (undisclosed) is still absent from camp, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He is the only Rays player who has not been seen on the field at all during camp. Arozarena was set to be a depth option anyway, and his inability to get work in thus far makes it even less likely that he sees notable playing time early in the season.