PHOENIX – This is not a drill. For the first time in 281 days, the Arizona Diamondbacks played baseball at Chase Field on Monday evening as they prepare for the start of the 60-game MLB season on July 24 against the San Diego Padres.
We now know how the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 60-game sprint will look. There are many wrinkles to the D-backs’ 2020 schedule, most notably that they will play only nine total teams in MLB’s effort to reduce travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will begin their abbreviated 2020 season schedule on July 24 at Petco Park in San Diego to face the Padres at 6:10 p.m. The D-backs’ first home game is on July 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks postponed an intrasquad game and other team activities at Chase Field on Monday by two hours as they waited for the results of coronavirus tests to be provided, Arizona Sports confirmed.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray burst out the gate with more than 70 pitches in his live batting practice on Sunday. He’s a man on a mission. There was no real consideration to sit out this shortened season while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
One of the defining moments of Archie Bradley’s career was, after pitching a clean top of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, yelling out to Chase Field as he walked back to the dugout.
Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Ketel Marte and newly signed outfielder Starling Marte got back to the United States in time to start practicing with the team with help from managing general partner Ken Kendrick.
MLB announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members in the league had tested positive for the coronavirus during the first round of testing. Three of the players are on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster.