Dodgers weighing options amid coronavirus shutdown

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There are not a lot of questions we can answer now, but we are setting up channels of communication to keep people posted as we learn more,” Friedman said via conference call Friday. “We are trying to get at all the questions and doing the best we can with all the information we have, and trying to wrap our arms around this and figure out what makes the most sense.”All major league facilities were closed to outsiders as of Friday with some players going through light workouts.As the coronavirus crisis deepens, Friedman said no Dodgers players have illnesses and that nobody on the roster has been tested. He said the facility in Glendale already has received a deep cleaning.Friedman was asked if the complicated situation has been deflating for a club that is considered one of the favorites to win the World Series.“We haven’t even gotten there,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure out how to do things in the most responsible, supportive way for our players, our staff, the community we’re in right now and that is taking precedent. All 30 teams are going through this together, as well as the country, and that is where we are focusing our attention right now.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers were in the process of counting heads and raised hands on Friday, trying to determine exactly where all of their players are headed now that they were granted the ability to choose from a number of options.After a Major League Baseball Players’ Association meeting on Friday regarding the coronavirus protocol, players can either stay near the location of their team’s spring training facility, return to their offseason home or head to the city where their team is located.According to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the club was still trying to get an accurate count of who was doing what.With the Dodgers required to facilitate workouts in both Glendale and at Dodger Stadium, the team is not only trying to figure out who on the roster is going where, but it is trying to figure out which coaches should be placed at which location.center_img At Dodger Stadium, Friedman said construction on the outfield pavilions is still ongoing. Team employees based in Los Angeles, however, are now working from home.The status of the All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in July, still is to be determined.Figuring out the logistics of the 300 staff members in Arizona, including players, has been a bit complicated.“Were just working through it and give as much clarity as we can provide to everybody who is here,” Friedman said.And while he might not know where all of his players are headed at the present time, Friedman knows exactly where he plans to be.“My mindset right now is to be here for a little while,” he said. “I guess I will also read and react based on what is going on, but I am of the mind to be here as far as I can see out.”last_img

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