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Elephant Rumblings: Oakland A’s will host first Summer Camp workout on July 4

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July 4 is coming on Saturday! There won’t be any parades or public fireworks shows this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing social distancing measures, but at least there’s one thing to look forward to on this special holiday — Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers will host their first workout of Spring Training 2.0, now known as Summer Camp. The first full-squad workout will follow on Sunday.

The A’s training camp is being held at the Coliseum this year, while every clubs’ normal Arizona and Florida sites are closed due to spikes in virus cases in those states. Out of Oakland’s 60-man player pool, 42 of them will participate at the Coliseum, with the other 18 (mostly young prospects) waiting to report to an alternate camp at a yet undetermined site.

To see the A’s full 60-man player pool, click here and scroll to the bottom. Among the non-roster names who will be at the Coliseum, all of whom are minor league free agent signings: pitchers Lucas Luetge, Jaime Schultz, and Jordan Weems; catcher Carlos Perez; and infielders Eric Campbell, Ryan Goins, and Nate Orf. Of the 40-man roster, outfielder Dustin Fowler is the only one with MLB experience who will go straight to the alternate training site rather than to Oakland.

Summer camp will last around three weeks, with Opening Day of the 60-game regular season expected to be around July 23 or 24, and we might get a chance to see behind the scenes in a way we never have before. Of course, there’s still the danger that the pandemic will continue to worsen and halt the whole plan, but for now baseball will take its next step toward returning this weekend.

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