The process of returning to the baseball diamond in the Bayou City has taken its first step.
The Houston Astros announced Monday the team will be allowing limited player access to both Minute Maid Park in Houston and the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches complex in West Palm Beach in Florida for individual workouts.
“Our top priority remains the safety of our players, staff, and their families. That will never change,” said Astros General Manager James Click. “It’s exciting and a very positive step for our players to return to our facilities, even on a limited basis. This will give our players the benefit of receiving individual attention from our staff, who can provide professionalism and expertise. That is significant.”
The Astros share its Spring Training facilities with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have not announced when the team will restart workouts.
At each facility, the Astros will closely follow medical and MLB guidelines to ensure the safety of the players and staff at each facility with the following rules:
All personnel entering the facilities will be screened and must be cleared by medical professionals.
No more than four players can be in the facility at one time. Workout times will be staggered to ensure proper social distancing.
Each pitcher will be provided with his own set of baseballs for bullpen sessions.
Initially, workouts will be for 40-man players, but some support from non-40-man players may be required.
Most of the workouts will take place outdoors to ensure proper ventilation. Players must wear masks when not working out.
Astros coaches and staff all must wear PPE equipment at all times.
The entire clubhouse and all other accessible areas will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.
Workouts are closed to the media and to the public.
These workouts will be closed to the media and to the public.