Spring Training News And Notes: Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The Dodgers are finally back on the field after a near four month hiatus. Wednesday marked the day players across Major League Baseball were to report to their teams. Here’s a brief look at everything Dodgers for the last couple of days.

July 1

  • MLB and the MLBPA agreed to release leaguewide COVID-19 testing results without disclosing names unless otherwise permitted by the player. This information will likely be available once a week. On the same day the agreement was announced, names of a couple of players (both top 30 prospects), and the total amount (10) who tested positive on the Dodgers leaked out on Twitter.
  • Players officially reported for the first day of Summer training camp at Dodger Stadium. The day consisted mostly of players and a select group of staff testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A few players worked out and got reps in like Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Kiké Hernandez, and Alex Wood, to name a few.

  • National baseball beat reporter, Jon Morosi jumped on the Dodgers nightly news program, Access Sportsnet, to reveal why he believes the Dodgers will win the National League West and his thoughts on Mookie Betts re-signing.

July 2

  • Another set of players and staff tested for COVID-19 for the second day in a row.
  • The first batch of over 2,000 test results, reportedly will be released on Friday. As previously mentioned, names of the players testing positive for the coronavirus won’t be publicly disclosed without their permission.
  • Caleb Ferguson turned 24 years old.
  • Justin Turner gave his followers on Instagram a sample of how the artificial crowd noise will sound during one of his live at bats.

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  • AJ Ramos was signed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers and placed in the team’s allotted 60 man pool as a non-roster player. He sustained a season ending injury in late May of 2018 and has been on the road to recovery ever since. Ramos was a former all-star for the Miami Marlins and has worked tirelessly for over a year towards an MLB return. He could shape out to be quite the catch if recent footage of an outing that collected pitch data proves as evidence of his potential.
  • Alanna Rizzo reported that along with testing, a lot of the players have been working out even before the first official workout date on Friday. She also said players are physically distancing, and the workouts are staggered to follow health and safety protocols.

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