With the temperature hovering around 47 degrees (feels like 41), any outdoor activity by early arriving White Sox players was brief. A few pitchers played catch, but most players already in Glendale for tomorrow’s official opening wisely decided to limit their activities to workouts in the weight room.
Tuesday morning, workouts for pitchers and catchers begin for real. After 6 am physicals for staff and 8 am physicals for players, everyone will meet in the clubhouse at 11:45 to begin the day. Monday’s first workout will include stretching, throwing, defensive work for catchers, half of the pitching staff will throw bullpens from the mounds (called “six packs”) and then the always popular PFP or “pitchers fielding practice.” Practice ends with catcher’s BP and catcher’s conditioning (one of the reasons I always feel sorry for catchers is that they are the last ones off the field nearly every day of the spring).
While official practice is going on, all of the early-arriving positions players will be working out on a nearby field.
You wait all off season for tomorrow to arrive. When it does, you can’t wait for position players to show up. Then, you can’t wait for the first game to arrive. When it does, you immediately start counting down for Opening Day. Welcome to baseball’s spring training.