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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minors Caught in Bind

NEW YORK () -- Major League Baseball officials blasted the players' union position on minor leaguers, and said players not on the 40-man roster who refused to play in spring training games could be sent home.

The Major League Baseball Players' Association, or MLBPA, on strike since last August, said Friday that minor leaguers who participate in spring training games, due to begin next week, would be considered strike-breakers.

"Minor leaguers are not members of the union and do not derive any of the benefits from the MLBPA, such as strike benefits and licensing money," said Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail, one of three executives who announced the decision taken by Major League Baseball's Operating Committee. The committee's statement added that minor leaguers who refuse to participate could be sent home.