Jack Etkin/Forbes.com: Black Tells Rockies Players to Relive Off-Season Approach


By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

Rockies players, and the starting pitchers in particular, have been told to adopt an offseason mindset because the start of the regular season has been postponed until at least mid-May and likely longer.

“I told guys to sort of think it as a December-January buildup again,” Rockies manager Bud Black said Thursday on a conference call with general manager Jeff Bridich.

In other words, stay in cardiovascular shape, continue weight training and play catch. But since the spreading coronavirus caused Major League Baseball to halt spring training two weeks before the originally scheduled March 26 Opening Day, the starting pitchers, who had worked their pitch count up to the 50-60 area, should now downshift.

“There’s no need to throw bullpens,” Black said, “because we’re a ways from that, and there’ll be ample time for at least the starting pitchers to get in somewhat game condition.”

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