The MLB and player’s union are still trying to come together on the financial details of a season, but that has not stopped players from being ready. The Dodgers have had players in Arizona staying ready, but Chavez Ravine has also recently started to let players ramp up.
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman confirmed this week with The LA Times that players have started ramping up with permission from state officials.
Right now, we’ve found a good balance where guys can get their work in and have us err on the side of caution. In L.A., it’s predominately focused on [rehabilitating players] and guys focusing on responsible ways of getting in some work. In Arizona, it’s been a little more opened up, but we’re still restricting various aspects, all the while knowing it could be accelerated pretty quickly.
While players being at Dodger Stadium for workouts is a more recent occurrence, players in Arizona has been going on for a few weeks now. Friedman confirmed that Dodgers players were using makeshift mounds, which was concerning.
In Arizona, we’ve had guys throwing off mounds that I wouldn’t let a high schooler throw off of. So we’ve tried to time it where guys’ bullpens can be at Camelback Ranch instead of makeshift mounds that they came across in Phoenix.
While it might seem strange to have players ramping up without any agreement in sight, it does make sense. If the player’s union and the league is able to come to an agreement, things will likely start to move very quickly. Players might need to be ready with very little warning.