A second Cleveland Indians player reportedly broke team protocols and went out with Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger went out with teammate Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of team protocol, sources tell ESPN. Clevinger was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cubs and will quarantine. He flew with the team Sunday.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 10, 2020
The Plesac story was bad when it broke, but this is even worse as Passan reports Clevinger flew with the team, possibly endangering the entire Indians traveling party.
Clevinger obviously knew the repercussions of going out on the town, as Cleveland sent Plesac home, by himself, with a car service. Still, Clevinger decided not to speak up before getting on the plane.
It’s unclear how or why the Indians only learned about Clevinger breaking protocol on Monday, while the team learned about Plesac going out on Sunday.
Clevinger was scheduled to pitch against the Cubs on Tuesday, but now Adam Plutko will take his place.
Both Plesac and Clevinger have been instructed by the Indians to quarantine at home and will undergo testing away from the team.
MLB hopes to avoid a third team suffering a COVID-19 outbreak after both the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals had to postpone several games due to outbreaks within their teams.