Tropicana Field has been opened for limited workouts on Monday. Fourteen Tampa Bay Rays players, including outfielder Austin Meadows and shortstop Willy Adames, are taking part. “It was good to see some smiling faces… It has been a while since we’ve got to see each other and hang out and be on a routine.
So today was good to have that little change of scenery.”” said Rays manager Kevin Cash on a video conference. The players attending the workout played catch, did conditioning exercises and lifted weights. Cash said everyone was required to wear a mask, but the players could take them off during workouts.
The other players in attendance included first baseman Jose Martinez, catcher Michael Perez, center fielder Manuel Margot, pitchers Diego Castillo and Yonny Chirinos. They have plans in place to continue workouts on Wednesday and Friday, before deciding how and if they will expand workouts.
According to Cash, all players and staff had their temperatures taken before being approved to enter the facility. There were hand-washing stations and sanitizers for everyone involved. “Obviously, the main priority is being safe and stuff like that,” Meadows said. “We’ll take anything that we need to do, any precaution we need to take just to get out there and play again.
I think a lot of guys can say the same thing. … I trust MLB, I trust the union just to gather a plan together to keep us safe.” The team will continue to take “baby steps” as they work on getting their routine back on track. But Cash says they will likely adopt a more aggressive plan once official season restart dates have been set.