Arizona is among the states around the country that have started to ease up on COVID-19 lockdown rules. Despite that, the Dodgers have no clear plan in place to reopen their Spring Training facility in Glendale.
Across Major League Baseball, some teams, like the Marlins, have started allowing players to return to facilities for workouts. The Dodgers are not yet one of those teams. They have however, allowed some players to come to Dodger Stadium for staggered workouts. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman spoke about workouts at the stadium.
We just have a lot of restrictions and are kind of erring on the side of caution. A number of our guys have opted against coming, but we do have a number of guys coming, staggering times and allowing guys to come in and throw off the mound or hit in the cage.
There have been several Dodgers players that opted to stay in Arizona, some working with hitting coach Brant Brown. Others, like Ross Stripling, went back to their home states to stay in shape and to be near family.
Major League Baseball is currently working on a financial presentation for the player’s union, which will be discussed this week. If the two sides can agree on that piece, the Dodgers could be playing games as soon as July. There are still plenty of things that need to happen, but it’s not unreasonable to believe the Dodgers may not utilize Camelback Ranch in a second Spring Training.