MLB submits plan to Canadian government to play in Toronto

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Rob Gillies of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball has submitted a plan to the Canadian government in order for teams to play in Toronto during the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB must get approval from the government as well as health authorities on Ontario.

Details for the 2020 season were released yesterday. The regular season will start on July 23 or 24 and will feature 60 games. Of those 60 games, 40 will be played against divisional opponents and 20 will be regional interleague (for the Blue Jays, this would mean NL East teams). Thus, nine teams would need to travel from the United States to Canada for road games, as would the Blue Jays returning home from road trips.

Canada is closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada for nonessential reasons are required to quarantine for two weeks.

In the event that baseball can’t be played in Canada, the Blue Jays could potentially play at their advanced Single-A/spring training facility in Dunedin (FL). However, all MLB spring training facilities were recently shut down due to a coronavirus outbreak in Phillies and Blue Jays camps. The Jays may also try to use the facilities of their minor league affiliates in Buffalo (NY) and Manchester (NH), home to their Triple-A and Double-A teams, respectively.

Phils’ Hoskins tears knee, expected to miss significant time

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.

Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.

He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.

Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.