MLB letting leave spring training as coronavirus delays baseball season

A day after Major League Baseball announced it was canceling spring games and pushing opening day back two weeks, baseball has made the decision to let players depart training camp if they desire.

Players were initially left wondering what they would do in the coming days and weeks.

"It’s been agreed that our players can leave should they choose to, and go home or where they need to go," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. "For players that want to stay here, the facility will be available.’’

Opening Day was scheduled for March 26 and the best-case April 9 start date now seems to be unlikely as MLB appears to be bunkering down for what could be a lengthy layoff.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said there have been no positive tests in organization, though he feels it may be "inevitable" a club employee tests positive given the preponderance of cases in Boston and Massachusetts.

Kennedy also said MLB is still hoping to play162-game schedule by adding games onto the back end “but obviously things are changing rapidly so it is understood that may not be the case.’’

With starting pitchers nearing the end of their progression toward Opening Day when spring training games were canceled, Bloom acknowledged that building them back up will pose the biggest challenge once MLB determines a season start date. 

"This is one of the toughest questions clubs have to answer, since most clubs work backward from a defined start date – and we don’t have that right now," Bloom said. 

Kennedy said MLB will consider playing some games at spring-training sites or without fans when the season begins if certain markets remain under restrictions. 

"It really hasn’t sunk in that we won’t be playing baseball on April 2nd at Fenway," Kennedy sa. "It’s a new world for all of us."

While no MLB players have publicly tested positive for coronavirus, New York Mets employee Donovan Mitchell Sr. was being tested out of caution due to exposure to his son, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell Jr.

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