Pitchers preparing for all options post COVID-19

Without spring training, MLB pitchers' arms are likely to not be up to speed by the time the season starts, meaning different options may be on the table.



April 1, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales works against the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field in Seattle on July 5, 2018. Photo by Dean Rutz/Seattle Times/TNS / Iola Register

SEATTLE (AP) — Even with major leaguers likely to receive some semblance of another spring training to get ready, teams are going to have to be creative with how they handle starting pitchers whenever baseball returns.

The last thing anyone wants is arm problems to arise almost immediately after baseball restarts — whenever that ends up being because of coronavirus outbreak.

“Possibly having a six-man rotation or something along those lines. Maybe a piggyback situation for us just those first couple outings,” Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales said during a conference call on Tuesday.

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