Dodgers ‘holding’ for possible changes in response to coronavirus

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I think everyone was a little shocked today to hear about the NBA and, obviously, when something like that happens it could affect other leagues and their decisions. Hopefully, it doesn’t affect our season.”Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called MLB’s response to the coronavirus a “fluid” situation and emphasized that “every single topic has been discussed” between MLB and the players’ union in consultation with health officials both at the national and local levels. MLB will reportedly hold a conference call on Friday among team representatives with the possibility that new precautions and contingencies will be put in place.“There’s been a lot of conversation,” Friedman said. “I think what that looks like … yesterday afternoon, the temperature was one thing, today – just the views are continuing to evolve and as we learn more information we are reacting to all of that. I think we should know more in a few hours and then tomorrow we’ll know more.“We’re gonna do everything that we can. Obviously we’re not the experts on the subject and so it’s relying on the experts to help give us guidance.”Friedman would not speculate on the possibility of games being played in empty stadiums. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start GLENDALE, Ariz. — With the state of Washington restricting the size of public gatherings, colleges canceling classes in favor of “distance learning,” the NBA suspending its season after a player tested positive for the coronavirus and the NCAA announcing it would hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fans, the likelihood of MLB following suit in some fashion now seems inevitable.“I haven’t done that since like A-ball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said playfully of holding games in empty stadiums. “But it would be very eerie, I think. But obviously it’s for the greater good and for the health of everyone. But, yeah, that’s on the table, I think.”News that the NBA had suspended its season broke during the Dodgers’ game Wednesday night. But word spread fast enough that players like Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner who came out in the middle of the game already knew.“We know as much as you guys do,” said Turner (the Dodgers’ representative to the players’ union). “So, when it comes out and stuff is getting announced, we’re finding out just like you guys are. Just going, day by day.center_img “I’m good. A little bug that came and went,” he said.Betts said he lost three or four pounds due to the illness but said he recognized it as food poisoning and was not concerned.“It seems like it’s once a year,” Betts said. “So hopefully this is my one and cross the bridge when it comes next year.”JOC PROGRESSJoc Pederson played five innings in a minor-league game on Sunday but hasn’t seen any game action since. But Roberts said he still expects Pederson to be ready for the start of the regular season.“I know that the days that he swings and he’s running out there, he feels good and he’s recovering well,” Roberts said. “I think he’s moving along. My hope is that sometime early next week he’ll get in a Cactus League game. But that’s kind of more contingent or dependent on Joc and the training staff.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I’m not sure the answer to that right now,” he said.Roberts said it has largely been business as usual for the team – with the rule closing the clubhouse to media the most obvious change.“I think that we’re just we’re kind of in a world of unknowns,” he said.“Right now, we’re holding. But I do think that as we look out over the next couple of days and weeks and potentially months that certainly could change. I think that our guys are kind of seeing what’s going on out there in our country, outside of our country and adjustments are having to be made for the well being of a lot of people. … In practice, how it changes our day to day remains to be seen.”Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler said he wasn’t qualified to predict how things will play out.“I’m not in a position to make decisions about pandemics. We’ll see what happens over time,” he said. “I kind of feel like this past 24 hours has spiked up this kind of panic. If something happens we’ll deal with it but for now, we’re getting ready to go.”BETTER BETTSMookie Betts was in the lineup Wednesday night for the first time since a bout with food poisoning over the weekend.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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