How will Pirates use their ‘taxi squad?’

How will Pirates use their ‘taxi squad?’
Ke'Bryan Hayes during Spring Training. (Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH — While Major League Baseball is set to return next week after the league and players agreed to health protocols, there are still serious concerns about player safety. The most pressing is COVID-19 and the rising amount of cases nationwide, not to mention among MLB teams like the Phillies, Blue Jays, Rockies and Rangers. However, with the spring training 2.0 being just three weeks long -- half the length the original spring was supposed to be -- it also raises the risk of an increase in baseball injuries.

There will not be a minor-league season this year, so teams will not be able to call on triple-A players like normal if someone gets sick or injured. Instead, there will be a “taxi squad” of additional players they can promote.

Every MLB team will have to submit a list of up to 60 players that they intend to bring to spring training 2.0 and use in 2020 by Sunday at 4 p.m.. 30 would go with the Major-League team at the beginning of the season, the rest back to what is effectively an extended spring training.

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