Philadelphia Phillies and MLB COVID19 pandemic regular season days lost: 6.

Nippon Professional Baseball, the professional league in Japan, is scheduled to open play on April 24 despite the pandemic. Three players with the Hanshin Tigers tested positive this past Friday for COVID-19 and the entire team began a 14-day quarantine:

We do not plan to reconsider the date because of this,” NPB secretary general Atsushi Ihara told reporters per an AP report at the New York Times. “We are still aiming for April 24.

Major League Baseball announced today that salary support and medical benefits for minor league players will be extended through May 31st or the beginning of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season, whichever comes first.

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Andy McCullough at The Athletic wrote on what may happen if baseball does return and a Major League player tests positive at some point for coronarivurs:

Leaders from both MLB and the MLBPA, according to people familiar with the situation, have maintained a dialogue with infectious disease experts, public health officials, medical advisors and government officials on how to establish protocols to protect the health of players and staffers should games resume.

Today would have marked Opening Day for  baseball’s newest facility. Globe Life Field located in Arlington, Texas in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area will be the new home of the Texas Rangers once the season gets underway.

Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies news from local and national resources:

From the “We Could Have Predicted This One” department, Tommy John surgery has been recommended for Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez. The 25-year-old would miss the entirety of any 2020 season and would likely not return to the club until around the All-Star break in 2021.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Dominguez has appeared in the big-leagues in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He has a career 3.27 ERA, 1.089 WHIP, and 3.20 FIP and has allowed 56 hits over 82.2 innings with a 103/34 K:BB ratio.

Dominguez has not yet decided whether to go through with it,” reports Scott Lauber at The Inquirer. “Tests aren’t conclusive for a tear in the ligament, according to the source, so Dominguez has returned to the Dominican Republic with plans to rest his arm while baseball is shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

David Murphy at The Inquirer wrote on the current scene down at Citizens Bank Park. Instead of Phillies baseball fans, the parking lot is filled with Philly residents getting tested for the coronavirus:

The coming weeks will bring more loss: of life, and of livelihood, of esprit de corps. It will bring more cars to that parking lot in South Philadelphia. And as long as that remains our collective reality, it is hard to imagine how any of us can feel that we are ready and raring to go.

Todd Zolecki at MLB.com did an interesting piece in which Phillies Wall of Famer Larry Bowa demonstrated through a series of mini videos how players can continue working on baseball drills while at home: “The drills I’m talking to you about,” Bowa said, “they do them in the big leagues.

Phillies reliever David Robertson has a private Skype or Zoom session up for auction bids. Interested fans have until 4:22 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 3 to submit online bids at this link: Charitybuzz: Meet David Robertson.

The private session would take place between April 4 – May 1 and is good for up to five people in one household to participate for a minimum of 15 minutes.

The franchise all-time hits leader, Jimmy Rollins, made history on this date during Opening Day back in 2014:

I was happy to join host Rich Baxter on his “Phillies Talk” podcast on Monday afternoon. We had a wide-ranging discussion on the effect that the coronavirus pandemic has had on baseball and society, including factors that would get things back to normal and the 2020 season underway.

We’ll be keeping you updated here at Phillies Bell on all the latest in this daily Lunch Bell report. It will include articles curated from around the web as well as any breaking news. During the pandemic we will include any relevant updates in that regard as well.

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