Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire’s court date pushed back due to pandemic

Reese McGuire's arrest cast a shadow on the Blue Jays' first day of spring training. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

TORONTO – Reese McGuire’s appearance at the Criminal Court Complex in Clearwater, Fla., this week was rescheduled for April 20 after a slate of proceedings, including criminal cases, were suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Toronto Blue Jays catcher was to appear Monday, the day the suspension took effect, after he was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with exposure of sexual organs, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $1,000.

McGuire was seen exposing himself inside a sports-utility vehicle parked in a strip mall, and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the scene, where the 25-year-old was co-operative and did not deny allegations.

McGuire arrived at spring training expecting to share catching duties during the regular season with Danny Jansen. In nine Grapefruit League games before the suspension of spring training due to the pandemic, he was 4-for-20 with a homer and three RBIs.

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