Look. It’s now March. Spring Training still hasn’t started for guys on the 40-man roster. For the second time in three years, they are left to try to figure out how best to ramp themselves up without being able to do it in the friendly confines of a familiar spring facility. And unlike two years ago, these players can’t even communicate with their organizations, or coordinate with the team on using facilities when available.
So the players are having to make do as best they can. For example, Kyle Hendricks found himself a local park in the Mesa, Arizona area, and just started throwing his own bullpen. Surrounded by kids games and families and all:
Youth game, Hendricks, youth game pic.twitter.com/bzFku7NrCA
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 4, 2022
Hope Hendricks got his work in comfortably, and I also hope that some kids got a great story out of it. “Dude, I was just out there playing shortstop when I looked over and there was KYLE HENDRICKS just throwing a bullpen! Yeah, I went over there, because why not? I even took a couple swings! But he threw his changeup and I swung and missed and it made me fall down. I cried a little. Hendricks said, ‘That’s right. Stay down.’ So I cried some more. Amazing day.