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Diamondbacks continue "Summer Camp"

Posted at 7:22 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 22:35:11-04

TUCSON, Arizona — This year's second spring training is referred to as summer camp, and the Diamondbacks are camping at Chase Field as teams practice at heir home sites.

Manager Torey Lovullo can be seen wearing a mask, and there are no high-fives among his socially distanced team.

"You want to constantly cheer for somebody, pat them on the back, be around them, smile with them, and certain things are eliminated," said Lovullo.

"We know the reason why, and we accept that. The new normal has been what I would call a nuisance at this point, but we’ll get used to it. I’m very excited that we’re back on the field, so all those nuisances are being override that we’re back on the field, playing baseball again."

Pitcher Mike Leake has opted out of playing this season due to COVID-19. But Robbie Ray explained that by being a free agent in the offseason, he plans to take the mound every fifth day.

"The more that everyone can see pitch, the better," said Ray. "Honestly, I need to pitch this year. I feel good. My body feels great. As long as everything is good to go, I’m going to play."

The season starts July 24th in San Diego