Major League Baseball has canceled the rest of Spring Training and delayed the start of the regular season for at least two weeks because of the concern over the spread of COVID-19. Per Jeff Passan, of ESPN. Now onto this, Royals: How COVID-19 impacts the team.
The Royals were supposed to play the Seattle Mariners today in Surprise, Arizona. The Kansas City Royals put out this statement after the league suspended play.
The Royals were slated to play the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day on March 26th. After that, they’d play in Detroit against the Tigers and play their home-opening series against the Seattle Mariners. The earliest they can start is April 9th, where Kansas City would play a four-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
As of Thursday, most of the Royals players have left the complex. However, players are being told to come back for a team meeting tomorrow about what the next few weeks might look like. Where Royals players will go has yet to be determined and should be addressed in the meeting tomorrow. There is a sense that players will be able to use the Surprise facilities to do workouts, but nothing is official. If not that, players more than likely could be sent home with their families. General Manager, Dayton Moore is expected to be present at this meeting.
Royals IF/OF Whit Merrifield had this to say regarding the suspension of games:
“Nobody is nervous about getting it. It’s not us contracting that is the concern. It’s spreading it. We had a meeting with the [team] doctor a couple weeks ago. Basically, he told us, if we get it we probably won’t even know we got it.”
The time now allows players to rehab. Adalberto Mondesi was scheduled to be in the lineup for his first spring training game yesterday before the postponement. Mondesi is still rehabbing from his shoulder surgery. Danny Duffy said he threw a four-inning simulation game today but may have to do this more often.
In conclusion, there is a lot of uncertainty around the COVID-19 spreading and major sports leagues, including the MLB, have taken precautions regarding this. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered at this meeting tomorrow. Time will tell when play will start back up.
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