Striking baseball players say they will consider anyone who appears in exhibition games - including minor leaguers - to be a strikebreaker.

"They ought not to be fooled," union head Donald Fehr said Sunday after returning home from regional meetings with players.Negotiations may resume Tuesday. In the meantime, some major league teams have been telling minor leaguers they will not be considered replacements until April 2, when the regular season starts. But the union says anyone participating in exhibition games, which start March 1, will be at odds with the 1,100 striking major leaguers.

"Our view is that any spring training game that is played at either the major league site or for which admission is charged is a replacement game," Fehr said. "A replacement game is any game that otherwise would have major league players."

Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire said he wants minor leaguers to play this spring.

"We feel we should have the right to play minor leaguers in exhibition games," Claire said. "Players are not salaried until the start of the season. We haven't signed anyone to a replacement-player contract. Spring training games have always been games where a large number of minor leaguers have played. That's why we're here, to get our players in shape for the season. The players association obviously speaks for itself."

The most prominent minor leaguer is Michael Jordan. Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler wants him to play in exhibition games, but Jordan says he won't violate union policy.

Fehr said the sides had been talking about resuming negotiations Tuesday, but nothing definite was set. Initially, each sides may bring reduced bargaining groups to the table.

"I talked to Don once or twice last week about when we could get together, where the meeting should be held, what the size of the group should be - that sort of thing," said Colorado Rockies chairman Jerry McMorris, a member of management's negotiating committee. "The fact that he wanted to discuss what we can do to get this thing going again should be viewed as positive."

Bill Usery, who spent the weekend in Florida at talks involving Deere & Co. and the United Auto Workers, will remain the mediator.

"Bill Usery has not given up, and he still seems to be the best tool to get everybody back at the table," McMorris said. "Mr. Usery had a lot of fire in his voice when I spoke to him, and he continues to feel there could be a solution."

Meanwhile, union leaders in eastern Missouri are urging the 250,000 workers they represent to boycott games with replacements.