There is no telling when the 2020 MLB season will begin, if at all, but the Astros know they will conduct their second spring training in Houston at Minute Maid Park, general manager James Click said on Thursday.
Teams have the option of choosing between their home cities or traveling back to their spring training facilities in either Florida or Arizona.
"We explored several possibilities but ultimately felt like that was, logistically, the best place to get our players ready to compete from day one as quickly as possible," Click said.
Astros players have been working out at both Minute Maid Park and the team's spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Those training in Houston have adhered to strict restrictions involving workout times, mandatory personal protective equipment and individual drills only.
"We're going to continue to take direction from Major League Baseball and our team physicians and our athletic trainers," Click said.
"We will work with them and well as the local authorities to determine what's safe, but ultimately when it comes to further opening Minute Maid Park, that's about what we think is best for our players, our staff and their families and we will determine that with our medical professionals and Major League Baseball."
While commissioner Rob Manfred has said he hoped the coronavirus-delayed season could begin in early to mid-July, the league and the players remain in a stalemate over several issues and that timeline may need to be moved.
Teams would need at least three weeks of preparation after an agreement is reached.