Baseball is finally back, and the Nationals are returning home to the nation’s capital.
With MLB’s summer camp workouts scheduled to begin Friday, the Nationals spent this week returning to the market, and a few documented their journeys along the way.
Max Scherzer’s wife Erica shared an adorable photo of her husband and daughter Brooklyn looking out the plane window on their way back to D.C.
Adam Eaton shared a photo from outside Nationals Park with the caption “Hello old friend…” to document his homecoming.
Aaron Barrett greeted his teammates by posting a selfie while wearing his stylish bear mask.
The rest of the team is set to return as well as MLB’s spring training 2.0 begins Wednesday with intense coronavirus testing protocol before workouts resume in a matter of days. Fifty-eight players will report to the Nats’ camp, although Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross announced they will sit out the season.
In this second iteration of spring training, players and personnel will return to the ballpark on a staggered schedule due to social distancing protocols as well as the limited field space, bullpens and batting cages at Nats Park. First, essential clubhouse personnel will make their way to the park, then managers and coaches. For the players, pitchers and catchers will arrive first, followed by position players.
The training period lasts roughly three weeks until Opening Day on July 23. MLB outlined a three-phase plan for its summer camp. During Phase 1, teams can hold individual and small group workouts. During Phase 2, larger or full-team workouts can begin. Finally, in Phase 3, teams are allowed to compete in three exhibition games.
Throughout this period, players will be tested every other day unless their temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees. In that case, they will be automatically tested and sent home. All players must take their own temperatures before coming to the ballpark.
After receiving approval on Tuesday from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to use Nationals Park for the 2020 season with no fans, the Nats will prepare for their 60-game regular season that begins with a home matchup against the New York Yankees on July 23.
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