ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have reached the 85-percent commonplace of gamers and employees being vaccinated to take pleasure in relaxed well being and security protocols.
The change remains to be a number of weeks away, because the crew now has to attend for all of the gamers, coaches and close-contact employees to clear the two-week interval following their remaining dose to be thought of ’’absolutely vaccinated” and for some associated procedural issues to be addressed.
However pitcher Tyler Glasnow, the crew’s participant union rep, mentioned the advantages, which embrace decreased COVID-19 testing and mask-wearing and extra freedoms at eating places and crew resorts, per an settlement between the league and the union, shall be most welcome.
“Issues are extra relaxed, clearly,” Glasnow mentioned. “There’s nonetheless stuff, like you need to put on a masks within the clubhouse and every thing. However I don’t suppose you need to out on the sphere, and you may eat in eating places and all that standard stuff. It goes again to, like, type of regular life.”
Amongst different modifications, the 70 or so gamers, coaches and employees within the Tier 1 class shall be allowed to eat in eating places (indoor and out of doors), discontinue mask-wearing within the dugout and bullpen, have friends of their resort rooms and resume shared clubhouse actions, equivalent to taking part in video video games.
“I simply suppose it’s good to type of simply return to actuality a bit of bit, simply type of make it like a standard season,” Glasnow mentioned. “Right into a 162-game season, it’s good to simply … do no matter you’ll be able to to alleviate stress, and I believe this can be a good place to begin.”
Seattle supervisor Scott Servais just lately mentioned he knew of 10 groups reaching the usual, and Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned final week his crew was very shut.
Left-hander Cody Reed threw properly in his first bullpen session since receiving a Botox shot to deal with numbness and weak point in his left thumb. Supervisor Kevin Money mentioned Reed and Collin McHugh, who had been sidelined with a again pressure, will throw to hitters in Port Charlotte on Thursday and at Tropicana Discipline over the weekend. If all goes properly, they may re-join the crew for the week-long journey to Anaheim and Oakland.
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