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The Cardinals have re-opened their spring training facility for "very limited" workouts, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


May 27   12:04 AM

They join the Yankees, Marlins and Rays as known clubs that have opened up their facilities for baseball activities. All other teams figure to follow in short order. Goold also notes that the Cards have committed to paying their full-time staff and employees through the end of June. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Twins and White Sox have also committed to continue paying employees through the end of June.


Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.


May 27   12:04 AM

Snell had an abbreviated spring training after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. However, the fact that he hasn't done any mound work for a while appears to be precautionary, as pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the southpaw to have "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway.


Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.


May 27   12:04 AM

It's just a precautionary measure after McKay dealt with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the left-hander to be under "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway.


The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31.


May 26   8:16 PM

One would expect no more from A's owners John Fisherf. A's minor leaguers will remain employees of the team, making them unable to file for unemployment, yet they'll be entirely unpaid until said time that they're suddenly expected to report to camp in tip-top shape, ready to play baseball once again. That just doesn't seem entirely fair for some reason.


Daniel Mengden told Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area last week that he's "about 95 percent" after February elbow surgery. 


May 26   10:39 AM

Mengden required arthroscopic surgery in mid-February to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, but he's already been throwing all of his pitches in bullpen sessions. The right-hander likely would have missed the first two months of the season if it took place as originally scheduled, but he should be good to go whenever games are eventually played. Mengden posted a 4.83 ERA in 59 1/3 innings between the rotation and bullpen for the A's last season.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Wilmer Flores has hired Cesar Suarez of Beverly Hills Sports Council as his new representation.


May 26   12:05 AM

Flores was previously represented by the McNamara Baseball Group. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Diamondbacks before inking a two-year, $6.25 million contact with the Giants in early February. He was in line to serve in a utility role, but the pending addition of the universal designated hitter can only help his chances of regular at-bats. He's never exactly been known as a quality defender.


Jung Ho Kang will serve a one-year suspension from the Korea Baseball Organization in addition to 300 hours of community service.


May 25   2:55 PM

Kang was originally looking at a three-year suspension for his three DUI arrests when he recently asked to be taken off the KBO's retirement list. It turns out he'll be able to return sooner, but the suspension only begins once he actually signs with a team. Kang turned 33 in April and batted just .169/.222/.395 over 185 plate appearances with the Pirates last year before being given his release. His former team, the Nexen Heroes, still hold his rights in the KBO and Kang will need permission from them in order to sign with another team.


Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are opening Chase Field for individual workouts.


May 25   12:04 AM

A few players started working out at the team's spring training complex Thursday, but now the club will have their major league stadium opened up. There's no agreement yet between MLB and the MLBPA, but several teams have re-opened their facilities as they prepare for spring training 2.0 and the regular season.


Scooter Gennett told Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this week that he's "fine with not playing" if the right offer doesn't come along.


May 25   12:04 AM

Gennett was looking for a $5 million offer over the winter, but the best one he received was for $1.5 million plus $500,000 in incentives, and it came from a team that already had an everyday second baseman. ?(Teams) didn’t come anywhere near what I thought was respectful and what I thought is right," Gennett said. "They made the decision pretty easy for me.” If he sticks to his guns, it sounds like Gennett almost surely isn't going to play this season. The 30-year-old tore a muscle in his groin during spring training last year, came back too soon and went on to bat just .226/.245/.323 with an ugly 41/2 K/BB ratio over 139 plate appearances for the Reds and Giants.


According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Phillies are planning to conduct spring training workouts at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.


May 25   12:04 AM

It sounds like MLB teams will have the option to do spring training 2.0 either in their home cities or at their usual spring training facilities in Florida/Arizona. The hope is that formal workouts can get underway sometime in early-to-mid June and that the regular season could begin in early July.


Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.


May 24   1:22 PM

Snell had an abbreviated spring training after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. However, the fact that he hasn't done any mound work for a while appears to be precautionary, as pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the southpaw to have "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway.


Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.


May 24   1:22 PM

It's just a precautionary measure after McKay dealt with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the left-hander to be under "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that five executives called the suggested safety protocols in the safety proposal from Major League Baseball "way over the top."


May 24   12:18 AM

“That document will look way different after the feedback from teams, the Players Association and players,” a president of baseball operations told Rosenthal. The executives specifically highlight six of the proposals in particular: The increased testing, consistency between the protocols when players are at home or away, fewer restrictions at hotels, permission for players to shower at the park, the use of hydrotherapy pools, and keeping indoor batting cages open. As one executive notes, these are just the opening stages of negotiations, but these -- on top of the financial issues -- are issues that will have to be ironed out relatively quickly if it's possible to start a season in July. 


Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the MLBPA plans to respond to Major League Baseball's health-and-safety operations draft on Thursday.


May 24   12:18 AM

MLB submitted a 67-page proposal regarding suggested safety protocols earlier this week and the MLBPA will soon provide its initial feedback. For what it's worth, five executives told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that some aspects of the proposal were "way over the top," with one president of baseball operations saying that the document "will look way different after the feedback from teams, the Players Association and players." The MLBPA is expected to receive an economic proposal from MLB early next week.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the MLBPA is "livid" over a recently leaked MLB email discussed in the New York Post.


May 24   12:18 AM

The March 26 email is from an MLB lawyer to top league officials that "documents the substance of talks between two MLB officials and two MLBPA officials," per The Post's Joel Sherman. Sherman writes that, among the seven points covered, was MLB explaining to the union officials that MLB "would need a second negotiation if games were not played in front of fans to determine pay and claims that union officials understood that concept." MLBPA executive director Tony Clark has said previously that negotiations regarding salary adjustment for players were completed in March. Meanwhile, Heyman also notes that the MLBPA has yet to receive requested economic paperwork from MLB which it requested back on March 13.


The Cardinals have re-opened their spring training facility for "very limited" workouts, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


May 24   12:18 AM

They join the Yankees, Marlins and Rays as known clubs that have opened up their facilities for baseball activities. All other teams figure to follow in short order. Goold also notes that the Cards have committed to paying their full-time staff and employees through the end of June. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that the Twins and White Sox have also committed to continue paying employees through the end of June.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Wilmer Flores has hired Cesar Suarez of Beverly Hills Sports Council as his new representation.


May 23   11:37 AM

Flores was previously represented by the McNamara Baseball Group. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Diamondbacks before inking a two-year, $6.25 million contact with the Giants in early February. He was in line to serve in a utility role, but the pending addition of the universal designated hitter can only help his chances of regular at-bats. He's never exactly been known as a quality defender.


Kevin Kramer recently underwent right hip surgery and will be sidelined for 4-6 months.


May 23   12:15 AM

This likely means that Kramer won't see the field at all in 2020. The 26-year-old former second-round pick spent the majority of the 2019 season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, where he batted .260/.335/.417 with 10 home runs and four stolen bases in 113 games. He's a career .152/.222/.165 hitter in 90 total plate appearances at the major league level.


According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, a deal for Manny Ramirez in Taiwan "hasn't materialized to this point."


May 23   12:15 AM

Manny told the Taiwan Times back in April that he was hoping to sign with a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) team for the 2020 season, and he apparently still has hope of working something out. Heyman suggests that the 47-year-old former MLB slugger might get a look in the second half.


According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Phillies are planning to conduct spring training workouts at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.


May 22   3:54 PM

It sounds like MLB teams will have the option to do spring training 2.0 either in their home cities or at their usual spring training facilities in Florida/Arizona. The hope is that formal workouts can get underway sometime in early-to-mid June and that the regular season could begin in early July.


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