With baseball activities picking back up over the weekend, we've seen most players wearing a mask during drills at ballparks around the country.
A's starter Sean Manaea is considering taking the precautionary measure a step further.
While speaking with media in Oakland on Sunday, the left-handed pitcher admitted he's considering wearing a mask during his starts this season.
Sean Manaea said he's considering wearing a mask while pitching during games.— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) July 5, 2020
"You know, wear something different or find a way to jazz it up, or find a way to rock it, I guess"
While MLB isn't forcing players to wear a mask while playing, Manaea's action would go a long way to protecting himself and his A's teammates.
Masks have become a hot-button subject around the country, but baseball players know that they are walking a fine line between playing the 2020 MLB season and having it canceled because too many players contracted the coronavirus.
Even with the season cut down from 162 to 60 games, the A's have high expectations this year, and Manaea's presence on the field will go a long way to determining if they can achieve their goal of winning the World Series or if they will fall short again.
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Manaea, 28, is expected to be one of the leaders of the A's rotation, along with veteran Mike Fiers. Last season, Manaea pitched in only five games after recovering from left shoulder surgery. But in those five starts, he was dominant, to the tune of a 1.21 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.
The A's need that version of Manaea this season, and if it means wearing a mask during his start, it's a move he's willing to consider.