Coronavirus: Nationals reliever Doolittle concerned about starting MLB season


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. 

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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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