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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, right, laughs during a baseball workout at Citi Field in New York, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Safe at home: Mets keep distance on 1st day of Citi camp

Jul. 3, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom spent the past two seasons separating himself from almost everyone out there. This was something entirely different, though. As the New York Mets opened a most unusual summer camp Friday, the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis watches from the top of the dugout steps during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla. Hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the New York Mets open summer training camp Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Mets hitting coach Chili Davis off-site when camp opens

Jul. 2, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the New York Mets open summer training camp Friday. The New York Post was first to report that the 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus....

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MLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts near

Jul. 1, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Yoán Moncada has spent the past couple of months working out in what he called a “controlled and limited environment” in Florida, where the White Sox slugger could continue to get at-bats while protecting himself from the coronavirus. That's a good description of the environment that greeted...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon waits to enter the batting cage before the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Denver. All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus

Jun. 30, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

Trying to find out the status of a baseball player coming back from an ankle injury definitely will be easier than learning whether someone tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball said Tuesday that a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is...

FILE - In a  Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 season as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team is 100% supportive of Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Roster shuffle: Plans change in MLB because of health issues

Jun. 29, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches. As the sport lurches toward...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes stretches before a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. When baseball comes back next month, Cespedes might finally be ready to return, too. Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially with the designated hitter available in the National League this season. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday, June 29, 2020, the team is optimistic about Céspedes. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Mets optimistic about Céspedes when baseball returns

Jun. 29, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball comes back next month, Yoenis Céspedes might finally be ready to return, too. Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially...

In this June 6, 2019, file photo, Harvard-Westlake's Pete Crow-Armstrong poses for a photo, location not known. Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets agreed Thursday, June 25, 2020, to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot value for the 19th overall pick in the amateur draft. (Hans Gutknecht/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

True Hollywood story for Mets' top draft pick, son of actors

Jun. 26, 2020 3:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Call it a true Hollywood story for first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. And no act at all, in fact. The son of two thespians is way beyond a little big league now. Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot...

In a photo provided by MLB Photos, the baseball draft board is seen Monday, June 8, 2020 in Secaucus, N.J., for Wednesday's draft. (Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via AP)

Wait continues for hundreds of undrafted baseball players

Jun. 12, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They sat anxiously by their phones, computers and TVs, hoping to hear their names called by big league teams. Instead, the waiting continues for hundreds of young baseball players. Major League Baseball's amateur draft wrapped up Thursday night, shaved to only five rounds over two days from...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen attends baseball spring training for the team in Port St. Lucie, Fla. As baseball’s amateur draft was winding down, the Mets selected Eric Orze — a two-time cancer survivor. “To go through what he went through a couple of years ago when it would have been easy to stop playing baseball or lose his purpose, and he never did,” Van Wagenen said. “And so, he’s motivated and he wants the challenge of professional baseball and we’re glad to be able to give him that opportunity.” (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Inspired pick: New York Mets draft 2-time cancer survivor

Jun. 12, 2020 2:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Orze has already stared down a much tougher challenge than the professional hitters he could soon be facing. Twice. As baseball’s amateur draft was wrapping up, a feel-good story surfaced in the final round Thursday night when the New York Mets selected Orze — a two-time...