By Carey Phillips
Former Smoky Mountain standout Cal Raleigh is on the 60-man player pool of the Seattle Mariners.
Raleigh and the rest of the Mariners were scheduled to report to Seattle by Wednesday for pre-season training.
Major League Baseball has been on hold since spring training was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An abbreviated 60-game schedule is slated to start July 23 or 24. The schedule had not been released by press time.
Raleigh split last season between Class A Modesto, where he played in the California League All-Star Game, and Class AA Arkansas. He is one of five catchers, including three non-roster invitees, in the 60-man pool.
The Mariners will have 30 players active for opening day with the roster reduced to 28 after a couple of weeks and 26 a month into the season.
There will also be a three-player taxi squad, including one catcher, that will be available for road games, if needed.
Workouts will start Friday at T-Mobile Park, home of the Mariners. Once the opening day roster is set, the other players will work out at Cheney Stadium in nearby Tacoma, Washington.
General manager Jerry Dipoto said last week that “more than one” Mariners player has tested positive for COVID-19. Players, coaches and support staff are expected to be tested for COVID-19 every other day during pre-season training, the regular season and the postseason.