SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego Padres pitchers and catchers are set to report to spring training Wednesday in Peoria, Arizona, beneath what Major League Baseball is billing as enhanced set of well being and security protocols meant to cut back the unfold of the coronavirus.
The 24 pitchers and three catchers on the 40-man main league roster are anticipated to report Wednesday, together with the 23 non-roster pitchers and two catchers invited to the Padres’ main league camp.
The remaining 13 gamers on the 40-man roster and eight different non- roster gamers are anticipated to report by Monday, when the Padres are set to conduct their first full-squad exercise of the spring.
The Padres are scheduled to start spring training play Feb. 28 in opposition to the Seattle Mariners, with whom they share the Peoria Sports Complex. They are set to start the common season April 1 by taking part in host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.
Following a second-place end within the National League West within the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season, the place they completed with a profitable document for the primary time since 2010 and superior to the National League Division Series, optimism is excessive for an excellent higher 2021 season, thanks partially to the low season acquisitions of pitching stars Blake Snell and Yu Darvish.
Baseball Prospectus’ proprietary PECOTA system tasks the Padres will win 95 video games, second-most within the National League behind the defending World Series-champion Los Angeles Dodgers, who’re projected to win 104.
The baseball statistics and evaluation web site FanGraphs tasks the Padres will win 94 video games, additionally second-most within the National League behind the Dodgers, which it predicts will win 97.
FanGraphs says the Padres have a 92.7% likelihood of qualifying for the playoffs, a 34.8% likelihood of profitable the National League West and an 11.6% likelihood of profitable the World Series, the third-highest in MLB behind the Dodgers (19.9%) and New York Yankees (18.6%).
Players have been required to quarantine at dwelling for 5 days earlier than reporting for spring training as a part of consumption screening excluding performing important actions or for accredited particular person out of doors train and exercises adopted by diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing.
Individuals should self-quarantine and will not entry membership amenities till their consumption screening outcomes are reported.
MLB made what it calls “significant changes to the contact tracing process” to mirror adjustments in steering from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical specialists, and experiences from final season and experiences of different leagues over the previous year.
Kinexon contact tracing units should be worn always whereas in membership amenities, throughout club-directed journey and whereas engaged in group actions together with group exercises and practices.
A lined particular person who has been recognized as having been in shut contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 might be topic to a compulsory quarantine of seven days and should take a look at adverse on day 5 or later amongst different necessities to rejoin membership amenities. Additional monitoring precautions for people who should not designated as shut contacts can even be required.