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Coronavirus: Nationals reliever Doolittle concerned about starting MLB season

May 12 2020 12:01 AM

MLB owners have reportedly approved a plan to begin the season in July, but Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle has reservations about their proposal. 

Doolittle posted a lengthy Twitter thread on Monday, presenting a number of questions about health protections for players, families, staff and stadium workers.

He also provided links to articles that further examined the topics he was addressing. 

Some of his questions regarding starting the season amid the coronavirus pandemic is the unknown long-term effects of COVID-19 and possible lung damage and lower male hormone ratios caused by the virus. 

The eight-year veteran also questioned how frequently players would be tested, as well as coaches, clubhouse staff, grounds crews and umpires. 

A concern about players with pre-existing conditions was raised by Doolittle, as was a lack of currently having a vaccine and a potential second wave of the coronavirus. 

Doolittle asked for these, and other concerns, to be addressed by MLB so players can return to play and stay safe. 

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