Astros Players Asked To Avoid Travel During MLB Hiatus

Brandon Scott
March 13, 2020 - 12:45 pm
A padlock is seen on the gate of the entrance of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training schedule due to the Covid 19 coronavirus outbreak.

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(SportsRadio 610) With the coronavirus preventing large gatherings in most public spaces around the world, the Houston Astros are remaining in West Palm Beach, Florida, the site of spring training. 

Major League Baseball sent a memo for teams to ask their players not to travel, absent of exceptional circumstances, Astros general manager James Click told reporters on a conference call Friday. 

There are no organized team workouts, but players are allowed to workout individually at the facility .

Click said it's a tricky balance, but the team has been instructed by the league to stagger workouts to avoid a lot of people being at the facility at once. 

When asked how long it would take for the players to ramp back up, if and when play resumes, Click said it depends on the length of the hiatus.

"I would assume that the longer it goes, the longer we'll need to ramp back up. That said, my understanding is the reason for keeping everybody nearby for the near future is so that if we get clearance from higher authorities that we are going to start ramping back up, we can do that in an accelerated time frame," Click said. "Obviously, the last thing that we want is for this to drag out longer than necessary. But we will do whatever is required from us from Major League Baseball and other medical authorities to make sure we do this as responsibly as possible."

Manager Dusty Baker said the tone of the locker room seems good under the circumstances. No players are showing symptoms. It is, however, difficult dealing with the uncertainty. 

"None of us have ever been through this before and the uncertainty of the entire situation is what we've never been through before," Baker said. "So we'll just stick together and try to do this as a group, do it as a unit."

The Astros last played Wednesday, a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. 

Baker acknowledged it will be boring for a while, but said it's critical for the players to remain in shape and ready to play.

Teams are waiting to receive more guidance from Major League Baseball on Sunday, Baker said. 

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