So far, 2020 has been quite the year. First, no sports, then add the sickness throughout the U.S. However, for every dark cloud there is always a silver lining. On July 1st all MLB players began to report to camp to initiate the training for the upcoming 2020 season. The season would consist of 60 games plus a universal DH. Before anything could get started the players must endure the testing for the virus COVID-19. On July 5, 2020, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Tory Lovullo announced that three D-Backs have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Testing Of All Testings
The teams knew that throughout these tests, there was bound to be a couple of positives within the groups and the Arizona Diamondbacks were no exception. Between the 40-man roster and minor league team, Arizona had a couple players test positive for COVID-19. Positive tests included pitching relievers Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho according to Torey Lovullo.
Players With Positive Results
Furthermore, there was also an unidentified player who tested positive for COVID-19. According to an article by AZCentral, David Peralta and Kole Calhoun have been absent since the team reported to Chase Field on July 1st. Mike Leake is also a player who has not yet reported to spring training, but it looks like Leake decided to opt out of the 2020 season.
Players Being Absent from 2020
Peralta and Calhoun, although not officially out for the season, could very well be absent for the remainder of 2020. David and Kole are two major essentials when it comes to the Dbacks outfield. The pair are also considered to be two of the team’s major power hitters. It would seem that the odds are against the Diamondbacks, but it leaves room for Lovullo to possibly change the roster up, and use players who may be ready for a starting role.
Players On The Rise
One player who has the potential to be ready for a starting role is Josh Rojas. Rojas, the young 26-year-old, was acquired in a trade with the Astros in 2019. He has proven that he has a high volume of potential to excel as an outfielder or infielder. Josh is one of the prime examples of a player who can be used through this odd and possibly difficult 2020 season.
2020 Equals New Obstacles
Torey and the Diamondbacks will have to overcome obstacles in 2020 in order to earn themselves a spot in the post season. This means that there’s no room for trial and error. This also means, however, that it leaves room for a success story. Needless to say, the D-Backs – along with many other MLB teams – may have to push through the season without some of their strongest players to fall back on when the game gets rough. All the Diamondbacks can do now is train and hopefully come out on top.
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