HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros will use the baseball facilities at the University of Houston as an alternate workout site once players return to the field this week, General Manager James Click announced.
The Astros will utilize both Minute Maid Park and the University of Houston location in an effort to socially distance its players and staff. Workout times will be staggered as well.
At the University of Houston, Don Sanders Field at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park, as well as the new Houston Baseball Player Development Center will be utilized by approximately 30 players during workouts. The development center is brand new, and includes indoor batting cages, pitching mounds, an agility field and weight room. The Astros are scheduled to utilize the facility from approximately July 2-24.
“The University of Houston has one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country,” Click said. “Our Major League staff was extremely impressed by it. We’re fortunate to have the UH campus in such close proximity to Minute Maid Park and to have a facility which will allow us to continue to focus on our top priority – the safety of our players and staff – while also providing our players every advantage as they get ready to compete for a championship in 2020. I would like to thank Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman, Deputy AD David Tagliarino, and Coach Todd Whitting for accommodating us. We are very excited to call UH our 2020 alternate spring training home.”
The Astros will release workout schedules for Minute Maid Park and the University of Houston in the next day or so. Detailed media guidelines and regulations will be released later today.