Indians quarantine pitcher who joined teammate at Chicago bar, flew with team

Indians Send Zach Plesac Home For Leaving Team Hotel

Indians quarantine pitcher who joined teammate at Chicago bar, flew with team

Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team's weekend trip to Chicago, the second Cleveland pitcher in two days to be disciplined for breaking team rules. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac was sent home from Chicago in a rental auto after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team's code of conduct.

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According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Clevinger did not immediately confess to being out with Plesac, instead defending Plesac in a team meeting and taking the flight from Chicago. "I understand that in these times of uncertainty, I need to be more vigilant and responsible and I am determined to earn my teammates' forgiveness and get back to work". He will be replaced on the mound by right-hander Adam Plutko.

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Clevinger flew with the team on Sunday, putting teammates at risk of being infected by the coronavirus. "The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members as our top priority".

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The team sent Plesac home on Sunday, followed by Clevinger on Monday; Plesac apologized for prioritizing a night out on the town over his team, while Clevinger has yet to comment. He is 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA over a five-year career, all with the Indians.

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