Following the team’s Saturday afternoon game in Chicago, two Cleveland Indians pitchers got themselves into trouble over the weekend by breaking team rules by leaving the team hotel and going out with a group of people.
On Tuesday, the team’s “restricted” list was updated to include Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac when it was revealed that they had violated the regulations by leaving the hotel where the team was staying.
Although Clevinger was with Plesac, it wasn’t known until Monday morning. Clevinger was also taken home on Sunday and will be quarantined for 72 hours.
In place of Clevinger, Adam Plutko will start the first of Tuesday’s two games against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field.
After remaining silent for over 24 hours, Clevinger issued a statement via the Indians early on Tuesday evening regarding the situation in Chicago.
As we manage a season amid this pandemic, each of my colleagues has implicit faith in me, and I betrayed that trust.
The worst error I made in Chicago was not telling my teammates right away after breaking the rules. I owe them more.
“I now understand that by simply unnecessarily exposing myself to one person, I am putting myself, my teammates, the players I compete against, the umpires, the staff, the Indians organization, as well as the Game that I love, at risk.
I can only accept responsibility and grow from my mistakes because there is no justification for what I did.
Moving ahead, I pledge that I will behave in a way that fully reflects my awareness of the policies in place, even as I pursue my competitive enthusiasm for the amazing Indians fans and the city I cherish. Plesac had made a statement about it on Monday.
After missing the previous eight games due to treatment for a “gastrointestinal illness” at the Cleveland Clinic, manager Terry Francona returned to the squad on Tuesday and addressed the situation.
The Tribe manager said it hurt to learn that the two pitchers had broken the guidelines that had been established by the group to attempt to keep each other safe.
This one kind of hurts, but I still think our guys have done a great job overall and have been very cooperative, said Francona.
We discussed it a little bit as a team even today, and we’ll deal with it like we usually do. “We care about each other, but it doesn’t mean you don’t feel disappointed with each other or even angry at each other at times,” the team said.
Saturday’s game in Detroit against the Tigers is Plesac’s next scheduled start. On Tuesday, August 18, Clevinger would play the next game at Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
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