Blue Jays get to work at Toronto summer camp with safety measures in place


TORONTO – Pitch trainer Pete Walker wore a mask watching Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton throw bulls, a smiling Bo Bichette tamed his stream of scoring under a black banner, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., got a few shots from BP against coach John Schneider.

Aside from pandemic security, the second day of training for the Toronto Blue Jays at their Rogers Center home on Tuesday was very similar to any other typical day at the stadium.

Left-handed ace Hyun-Jin Ryu, wearing a mask, ran into the outer field before jumping on flat ground, Travis Shaw got his swings in the plate and took some failures in the third, while Teoscar Hernandez smiled and played while Caleb Joseph delivered another of his air drums displayed.

The images, which are part of a three-minute clip distributed by the Blue Jays, were the public’s only small window into the dome events, with the club again deciding not to make any coaches or players available to the media. .

Manager Charlie Montoyo, also wearing a mask while overseeing workouts, is scheduled to participate in a conference call Wednesday that should explain what the Blue Jays have been up to since their arrival and how they will prepare for the day. opening which is only 2½ weeks.

Danny Jansen, who wore a face cover while in the lifter enclosure, also appeared in the clips, Ken Giles, Rowdy Tellez, who like Guerrero appeared to be participating in a live batting workout, Joe Panik and Santiago Espinal.

Hitting coach Guillermo Martinez while standing behind the batting cage and third base coach Luis Rivera while hitting a few stranders also wore masks.

The Blue Jays arrived in Toronto Sunday evening after completing their admissions process to Dunedin, Florida, moving their training camp north after obtaining a special exemption from the federal government late last week.

To meet quarantine restrictions, the club takes refuge in the dome and the adjoining hotel as part of a modified quarantine plan. Blue Jays hope plan will form part of protocol to allow 30 regular season games to be held in Toronto, although frequent return trips to the United States, where COVID-19 cases continue ‘increasing at alarming rates can present an insurmountable obstacle.

Problems encountered by Major League Baseball with reporting test results within the 24-48 hour period further complicate matters, as the club’s field to public health officials depends on evidence that the players entering the country are free from the virus.

Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro said last week that if the Rogers Center was not an option for the regular season, “the most likely scenario is that we would be at TD Ballpark (at Dunedin), that’s what we had planned all along. ”

He added that the Blue Jays intended to explore other options this week, but “didn’t want to overstate the review of all the other alternatives.” I’m just open and transparent for us to do so before making the decision to bring it back to TD Ballpark. “

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One of these alternatives is believed to be the Buffalo Sahlen field, which houses the triple A subsidiary, Bisons. The Blue Jays hope to use the facility as an alternative training site, but should reconsider hosting games in the event that the situation in Florida deteriorates further.

The Blue Jays had an epidemic at their Dunedin establishment in late June and another player tested positive during the admission process, forcing a handful of players and staff who had direct contact with the Blue Jays. him to stay in Florida.

Any player infected with COVID-19 must produce two negative tests before being eligible to return, according to the MLB’s 2020 operations manual, although in certain circumstances this is not necessarily the case.

The Blue Jays open the home portion of their calendar with a two-game series against the defending Washington Nationals champions on July 29, followed by a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.


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