After more than three months of waiting, the MLB Players Association finally tweeted out the good news Tuesday evening.
"All remaining issues have been resolved and the Players are reporting to training camps," the union said.
All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020
You can forgive them for the lack of an exclamation point. This has been a long, nasty process, but on Tuesday players got the news they've been waiting for. The Giants will return to Oracle Park on July 1 for the start of Spring Training 2.0 -- Summer Training? -- with Opening Day set for July 23 or 24.
Ironically, the roster is in better shape than it was in mid-March, at which point the Giants had already spent a month preparing for the season. Players have been working out in preparation for this day, and some injured players have had months to heal, including potential closer Tony Watson, who might have missed the start of the original year with shoulder tightness.
"Watty is feeling much better. He might need a tiny bit more time to ramp up once we start camp but he's doing good, feeling better than when we broke camp," manager Gabe Kapler told NBC Sports Bay Area. "Tyler Anderson is going to be good to go. Pablo Sandoval is going to be ready to play third base. Aramis Garcia could be ready as early as mid to late August. Moronta could be ready for us in late August or early in September."
Sandoval was far ahead in his rehab from Tommy John surgery this spring, but the Giants originally thought he would need until about May 1 to be ready to play the field and join the roster. He now can potentially platoon with Evan Longoria at third base. Anderson (knee) was supposed to be out for half the year but now will join a pitching staff that likely will not have a set five-man rotation and instead will rely partially on creative methods to fill innings. Garcia had hip surgery in the spring and Moronta had shoulder surgery last year. Both were originally expected to miss most of the 2020 season.
All the players will report to Oracle Park, where the Giants have spent recent weeks figuring out ways to spread players out. It's likely that some drills will take place in concourses, and team executives have explored the idea of building batting cages out there since fans won't be attending games. They also plan to spread players out to both the home and visiting clubhouses.
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