Phillies to begin Spring Training 2.0 in South Philadelphia Friday

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies will begin Spring Training 2.0 Friday in South Philadelphia as they look to get an abbreviated 60-game 2020 season underway in the midst of the pandemic.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi met with the media via Zoom on Thursday and talked about making sure the players understand the importance of being smart away from the field to avoid COVID-19.

“We’ve had numerous conversations and it’s been about how if you make a mistake, you jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family, you jeopardize your teammates and their families and our chances of winning. So yes, it’s been spelled out,” Girardi said. 

He was asked if he thinks Major League Baseball will be able to finish this season they're getting ready to start given the spike in cases around the country.

“For me, it comes down to really how socially responsible we are as an industry, as a state and as a country. I think we can do it,” Girardi responded. 

From a baseball standpoint, Girardi said he anticipates using a five man starting rotation. 

Jay Bruce is expected to play a role at DH. 

On the injury front, Girardi says it’s possible right-hander David Robertson could return to pitch at some point this year.

He said he can’t guarantee that four players that had recently been placed on the 10-day injured list, including Scott Kingery and Hector Neris, will be ready for opening day, which will be July 23 or 24.