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Test us more: Players respond to baseball’s protocols for restarting season

More frequent coronavirus testing is among the issues the players union addresses in a response to Major League Baseball’s 67-page set of proposed protocols.

NEW YORK — The Major League Baseball Players Association says it wants more frequent coronavirus testing in a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols from management for a season to be played during the pandemic.

Management had presented the union and the 30 teams the draft proposal Friday.

The union said Thursday it wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed “multiple times per week.”

It said it also addressed in its response protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures.

Players also viewed many of the concepts in the original draft as over the top, including arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members. Players also objected to a ban on the use of showers at the park after the game and hydrotherapy.

MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. MLB hopes to start the season by early July.

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