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Rays to reopen Tropicana Field on Monday for optional player workouts

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Posted at 8:22 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 23:44:49-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays plan to give their players the green light to access team facilities next week.

The Rays have confirmed the team will reopen Tropicana Field on Monday, May 25 for optional player workouts.

Rays officials said it is "completely optional" for players and coaches to head over to the team's facilities.

In order to meet social distancing guidelines, Tampa Bay is allowing its players and personnel to participate in limited or individual workouts.

Major League Baseball's 2020 season remains in limbo due to coronavirus concerns. Many of the players, like pitcher Blake Snell (who is from the Seattle area) and recently-acquired outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (from Japan), have returned to their respective hometowns or home countries as the season remains suspended.

The team did not specify who have stayed put in the Tampa Bay area or if reopening the ballpark will bring in some of the players back to Florida.

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