Rockies players ready for spring training 2.0, but when and where remain unclear

Rockies all-star shortstop Trevor Story pays close attention to reports of the possible return of baseball amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He is aware that Cleveland Indians players were informed earlier this week in a Zoom call that June 10 is a possible target date for Spring Training 2.0 and July 1 is the provisional opening day of the season.

And multiple newscasts have reported that Major League Baseball will soon file a plan with the Major League Baseball Players Association about reopening the 2020 season.

“I’ve heard all that, but I really don’t know what to believe yet, because I’m not sure anyone is sure,” said Story from his home in Texas.

According to ESPN, general managers and managers of at least a dozen teams of players have proposed to step up baseball activities pending a second ‘spring training’. The idea is that teams want to make sure players are in shape and ready to go when Major League Baseball gives green light to training camps.

Various Rockies players, including player representative Scott Oberg, said they have not yet received target dates. However, Story believes that the majority of its teammates will be prepared.

“I know I’m ready to go now,” said Story. “I’ve stayed on top of my workouts and when I know our boys, I think we’ll all be ready.”

All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is training in his native Southern California, said he is now “ready to go” and expects a second spring workout to take 2-4 weeks.

Rockies right-handed Jon Gray, who has been on a regular pitching program, said last week that he doesn’t think it will take him long to be ready to throw six or seven innings in a game.

“From here I am now, I think it would take me two or three weeks to prepare,” he said.

Because the coronavirus stopped baseball on March 12, Gray kept his arm in shape by throwing into a net and lifting weights at his home gym in his native Oklahoma. He recently moved to Scottsdale, Ariz, where he threw to the catcher Tony Wolters.

The Rockies have not yet told their players if a camp would be held at the Salt River Fields complex in Scottsdale or if preseason training would take place at Coors Field. Temperatures in Scottsdale are already above 100 degrees, so that can be a determining factor. Currently, a handful of Rockies players have returned to Denver and are training with Coors.

According to the St. Louis Post Shipping, the Cardinals have investigated the feasibility of organizing preseason workouts at Busch Stadium and not at the team’s spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida. However, plans for a camp at both locations are under consideration, just in case.

According to the Post-Dispatch, using Busch Stadium appeals to the Cardinals because it would centralize training and get the team home as soon as possible. However, with only one field, unlike the various practice fields available at the Cardinals’ spring training home in Jupiter, shift workouts should take place.

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