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Spring training camps are officially over

Angels players have the choice to remain in Tempe, head to Anaheim, or go home

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This was a mere formality since there won’t be any baseball for at least four weeks or so, but on Friday, Major League Baseball officially suspended all spring training camps, effective immediately.

What that means for the players, at least the ones on the 40-man roster, have the option to remain in their spring training cities, travel to their club’s home city, or simply return home. At the very least, the earliest we would have opening day is April 9, though various reports around the league suggest there won’t be baseball until May at the earliest.

For players staying near the spring training facility, there won’t be any formal workouts, but the weight room and batting cages will be open, plus the ability to rehab and consult with the medical staff, and get fed. For the Angels, it sounds like these options will be available either in Tempe, Arizona or Anaheim, California.

Minor league spring training games were supposed to start Friday, but those went away with the suspension of spring training, too.

These decisions by the players are expected to be made this weekend.

Another thing to watch during baseball’s hiatus is how Shohei Ohtani continues to rehab on the mound from Tommy John surgery.

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Ohtani was expected to be ready to pitch again in the majors by mid-May, and earlier in the week, when spring training was still going on, Joe Maddon mentioned Wednesday as a possible day for Ohtani’s weekly pitching start. Per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com:

“That’s a nice day,” Maddon said with a smile when asked about Wednesday starts. “I think if you look at it, there’s a lot of common sense.”

Anthony Rendon ranked fourth in a remarkably deep third base pool, from a fantasy standpoint, per Paul Sporer at FanGraphs.

Mike Trout’s top 10 home runs in the Statcast era, per Brent Maguire at Crashing the Pearly Gates.

MLB needs to step up for minor leaguers during baseball’s postponement, per Marc Normandin at Baseball Prospectus.