Pitchers and catchers are not reporting this week for the start of 2022 Spring Training due to the ongoing MLB lockout, and camps won’t open until the league and Players Association (MLBPA) come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
While it remains plausible games in the Cactus League and Grapefruit League are not missed — since they don’t begin until Feb. 26 — Spring Training will at least be shortened for pitchers and catchers, and potentially position players as well.
For a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, all players already are impacted as their roster typically arrived at Camelback Ranch ahead of set report dates. Though, a shortened spring isn’t something Justin Turner is necessarily opposed to so long as it doesn’t impact the regular season.
“I’m hoping we can hold out for a full regular season and maybe a little bit of a shortened Spring Training,” he said. “Honestly, I’m not going to complain about a short Spring Training, but hoping for a full 162 (games).”
While Turner is open to not as long of a Spring Training, he recognizes its overall importance and that some could need more time.
“I mentioned I prefer a shorter Spring Training, but also it’s a time for guys to make sure they’re in shape and ready to go,” Turner said. “Hopefully whatever we settle on or figure out, everyone is in a good enough spot where we don’t have to look at an increased number of injuries.”
Because players are not permitted to use team facilities, Turner took his offseason workouts to local colleges and Doug Latta’s training facility.
Bellinger capable of navigating shortened Spring Training
Taking a similar stance to Turner, Cody Bellinger also is of the mind that he would not need the prototypical length of Spring Training.
“I’ve always thought spring was a little too long. Position-player wise, different than a pitcher, I would imagine,” he said during an appearance at the Justin Turner Golf Classic.
“I don’t know how pitchers do it, especially if you’re in the East Coast and it’s cold outside. Personally, I’d say a month. A little less than a month. Like I said, working out in Arizona you’re able to face guys, see some bullpens.”
Bellinger added he’s enjoyed a healthy and successful offseason, and is looking forward to the season.
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