12 August 2020 02:35

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Indians Keeping Clevinger, Plesac Away After Violations

Another Cleveland Indians pitcher has to quarantine after breaking team protocol. As a result, Clevinger will miss his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs, according to Mandy Bell of MLB.com. Mike Clevinger also violated team rules during this past road trip. "Today the organization learned that RHP Mike Clevinger violated team protocols on the club's recent road trip to Chicago. The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of out players, coaches and staff members as our top priority." Mike Clevinger is not the first Cleveland player who has to quarantine The news makes Clevinger the second Cleveland pitcher to be instructed to quarantine over the past couple days.

The team sent pitcher Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday after learning Plesac went out with his friends Saturday night. Clevinger defended Plesac during a team meeting Sunday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Mike Clevinger is the second Cleveland pitcher to quarantine after breaking team protocol. Francisco Lindor delivers a strong message after teammates Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac broke team protocols. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians went a step further than just putting Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac into quarantine.

Cleveland placed the two starting pitchers on the restricted list after the right-handers broke team rules and Major League Baseball protocols by leaving their hotel in Chicago last weekend and risking exposure to the COVID-19 virus. "This one kind of hurts," said Indians manager Terry Francona, who returned Tuesday from a week away to address a lingering medical issue to find his team dealing with an internal situation that could affect its season. Clevinger and Plesac went out Saturday night with a group of people following the Indians' win over the White Sox. The team had implemented a code of conduct for players to follow on road trips, forbidding them from socializing outside of the team's players and staff. Once they learned about Plesac going out, the Indians immediately got him car service to drive him to Cleveland. But the team was not aware Clevinger had been with him until after he flew back to Ohio with his teammates, coaches and other personnel.

Clevinger released a statement on Tuesday, saying he broke the "implicit trust" of his teammates. He said the biggest mistake he made was "not immediately coming clean to my teammates." "I owe them better," Clevinger said. Antonetti said he has spoken with Clevinger and that the free-spirited 29-year-old understands he violated team rules. They can't be 100 percent certain, but the Indians don't believe Plesac or Clevinger came in contact with anyone who has the virus. Antonetti said the decision to put them on the restricted list was not mandatory, but the Indians felt it was appropriate given their actions.

We said from the beginning, even if you go back to March 13, we will continue to prioritize the health and wellness of our players and staff. Based upon the behaviors of Zach and Clev, we felt that they had an elevated level of risk, so we wanted to make sure we did what we could do to protect the rest of our group." All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor initially said he had "mixed feelings" about what transpired with his teammates, but he seems willing to forgive them. Antonetti didn't know if Clevinger has spoken to his teammates. Plesac issued a statement on Sunday night, apologizing to the organization and fans for his reckless behavior, promising to be more vigilant and hoping his teammates will forgive him. Antonetti said any further discipline for Clevinger and Plesac would handled internally.

"Not being vindictive, just trying to figure out how do we make this better so it doesn't happen again," he said. MLB permits teams to use the restricted list for players who are unavailable to play for non-baseball reasons. Clevinger had been scheduled to pitch Tuesday's two-game series opener at home against the Cubs. The Indians are obviously disappointed in Clevinger and Plesac, who have both pitched well for one of baseball's best staffs. Opinion: Indians' Zach Plesac-Mike Clevinger fiasco is a case study in COVID-19 carelessness Specifically, starting pitchers Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger. The Marlins are back playing after being out eight days, but the defending NL Central champion Cardinals haven't played a game in two weeks, and still don't know when they'll return to action. "This one kind of hurts,'' said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, returning to manager the team for the first time since missing the past eight games with a gastrointestinal issue, which along with his hip and back ailments have led to five or six hospitalizations since February. It's the ultimate responsibility to every single Cleveland player and staff member to assure everyone's safety, relying on everyone to do the right thing. "We have to sit out and look at ourselves in the mirror,'' Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor said. It's not about that one person, it's about everyone around you_the family members, the coach staff, Carrasco, all the players on teams that are high-risk. Cleveland president Chris Antonetti put both players on the restricted list to isolate them from the rest of the team. "It's not ideal,'' Antonetti said, "but we felt it was the right thing to do. As we said from the beginning, we will continue to prioritize the health and wellness of our players and staff. "And based on the behavior of Zach and Clev, we felt they had an elevated level of risk, so we wanted to make sure what we could do to protect the rest of our group.'' Plesac and Clevinger went out together Saturday night in Chicago after their 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Plesac, who grew up just 45 minutes from Chicago, just won his first game of the season that afternoon, and wanted to celebrate. MLB recently brought aboard security to enforce the league's protocols and Plesac, who was returning to the hotel in the wee hours of the morning, was immediately sent home to Cleveland. He even travelled on the team plane back to Cleveland until his Saturday night whereabouts were uncovered. Clevinger, 29, issued a statement of his own on Tuesday. "There is an implicit trust that each of my teammates share as we navigate a season during this pandemic, and I broke that trust," Clevinger said. "In Chicago, I made the mistake of violating the protocols but the biggest mistake of all was not immediately coming clean to my teammates. "I now realize that by even exposing myself to just one person more than necessary, I am putting myself, my teammates, the guys I compete against, the umpires, the staff, the Indians organization and the game that I love at risk. Maybe there was minimal risk, as Cleveland wants to believe, with both pitchers insisting they were careful in their interactions. CLEVELAND, Ohio — After playing nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis made his first trip to Progressive Field on Tuesday as a member of the Chicago Cubs and told reporters before the game that he got a "very homey vibe" walking into the ballpark. "It literally felt like I was coming to my actual home having lived here for nine years or so," Kipnis said. Kipnis, the franchise's all-time leader in home runs by a second baseman, was a fixture in Cleveland's lineup during four playoff runs and represented the club in a pair of All-Star games. But the Northbrook, Ill. native said he's having fun with his hometown team despite being constantly reminded of the 2016 World Series outcome. "The transition is the 99% excitement that I now play at home and in front of my friends and family" Kipnis said. Kipnis, who joined Chicago as a non-roster invitee in the offseason after nine years with the Indians, said he never received a call from Cleveland about rejoining the club in free agency. "Money becomes an issue, you have to start seeing it from their point of view," Kipnis said. Jason Kipnis of the Chicago Cubs warms up prior to Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. "There's always the bright-light moments, the All-Star Games, the playoff runs, it's hard to kind of put those into words," Kipnis said. Having played behind Cleveland's young starting pitchers, Kipnis said he's not surprised that the group has found success early in the season. While the Indians aren't lighting the world on fire offensively, Kipnis said he knows the bats can come around at any time. "I can attest to how some of these hitters can get hot and you don't want to wake a monster that's sleeping," Kipnis said. After playing parts of five seasons on Cleveland's infield with Francisco Lindor, Kipnis said there are several similarities between Lindor and his current shortstop, Javier Baez. CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 11: Jason Kipnis #27 of the Chicago Cubs slides safely into second base with a double ahead of the throw to Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians during the third inning at Progressive Field on August 11, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. "You knew he was going through stuff," Kipnis said of Carrasco's up-and-down 2019 season. Kipnis said he's looking forward to potentially facing Carrasco in Wednesday's scheduled matchup. "The funny part is I think it's going behind my head," Kipnis laughed. Cleveland Indians place right-handers Zach Plesac, Mike Clevinger on restricted list Here's how you think the Cleveland Indians should deal with Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac (podcast)