According to Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins reopened their spring training facility, the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Complex, in Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays will open Tropicana Field for limited individual workouts beginning Monday.
Players on Miami's 40-man roster will are allowed to resume workouts at the team's spring training complex, but no group activities are permitted. Individual hitting sessions in the batting cages and throwing sessions off the mounds are allowed and that's it. The clubhouse will remain closed. Here's a look at some Marlins players arriving at the complex and working out Tuesday:
It's unclear whether or not the Marlins and Rays are advising players to travel or continue to stay home and quarantine. Either way, it's possible that other teams might follow suit and open their respective spring training facilities, in Florida and Arizona. More U.S. states are beginning to ease their lockdown measures imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, and both Florida and Arizona have already started the early phases of their state reopening plans.
MLB suspended spring training on March 12, and Opening Day, which was originally scheduled for March 26, has been postponed indefinitely. The league and the Players Association are currently in negotiations about a plan to start a modified 2020 season. The league's 30 owners with that would have the 2020 regular season begin an abbreviated 82-game schedule in early July.