In a normal year, we see pitchers leave Spring Training and get babied once the regular season starts. There are two thoughts behind this – 1) There arms haven’t build up the necessary stamina. 2) The weather is usually cold and not conducive to long outings. It could have been different for Tim Leary if not for that April start.
So that brings us to the 2020 season, which will hopefully start in late July. Weather should be pretty warm. Plus starters went thru Spring Training once, presumably kept up their conditioning during the shut down and will get another three weeks to gear up for the start of the season.
Should the automatic default be that starters need to be handled with kid gloves their first few outings?