MLB further limiting player participation at facilities


Just two days after Major League Baseball presented the guidelines for teams in terms of how they should handle players' participation during the coronavirus-induced hiatus, it appears to be changing.

According to multiple reports, the original option of keeping players in their respective spring training facilities for organized workouts has been reworked. This is a change from the original plan that gave players the option to stay with their respective clubs and conduct some sort of workouts with their teammates.

MLB expected to send out guidelines advising teams to end organized group workouts at spring and home parks, sources tell me and @EvanDrellich. Camps would remain open for individual needs, but with limited staff. Idea is stricter compliance with social-distancing practices.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 15, 2020

A souce confirmed report from @EvanDrellich @Ken_Rosenthal MLB plans to tell teams to end organized workouts at spring/home parks. Individual items such as injury rehab likely continue. Plan is to follow sterner social distancing practices.

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 15, 2020

MLB memo to clubs

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 15, 2020

As is evident in this recent news, all decisions regarding how MLB will be handling the current coronavirus crisis are being made on a day-to-day basis, a reality Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom reiterated when asked about the idea of possibly freezing all transactions for the time being.

"I know this weekend, in particular, there are a lot of issues on the table between MLB and the players association and just generally for the industry so we recognize there’s going to be new developments," Bloom said Friday. "Not just with coronavirus, but industry developments as well and we’re fully prepared that the next several days are going to include a lot of new information."