Round Rock will host another training site for the Texas Rangers

The Round Rock Express reported Tuesday that the Texas Rangers have selected Dell Diamond to host the club’s alternate training site ahead of the start of the Triple-A season.

“We are grateful to Mike Daly, Paul Kruger and the entire Rangers player development team for allowing us to host their alternate training site,” Round Rock Express general manager Tim Jackson said. in a press release. “Many of the players who come to Dell Diamond in April will likely be members of the Express at some point in 2021, so for them to be able to familiarize themselves with this great stadium and the town of Round Rock will be a huge benefit as we we are heading towards summer.

Earlier this year, Rangers reunited with the Express as a Triple-A affiliate after an eight-year relationship from 2011 to 2018.

In accordance with Major League Baseball protocols, a group of 20-28 players not added to the Rangers’ Opening Day 26-man roster will report to Round Rock to continue preparation for the Minor League season. baseball.

The squad for the alternate training site is expected to be announced before opening day on Thursday April 1. These players will report to Round Rock in early April, and practices at Dell Diamond are scheduled to begin the following week.

The Express and the Rangers are working with MLB to find a way for a limited number of fans to attend some potential practices, scrimmages and exhibition games. Additional information on health and safety protocols at the alternate training site is expected in the coming days.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Triple-A season was delayed for a month. The Round Rock Express will open its 2021 Triple-A West League season on Thursday, May 6 at home against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

In addition to serving as an alternate training site for the Rangers, Dell Diamond will also continue to serve as Williamson County’s largest COVID-19 vaccination facility. Approximately 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines are administered per day in Dell Diamond’s east parking lot.

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