KLEVELAND, Ohio – Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac admitted Sunday in a statement issued by the team that he “made a poor choice to leave the hotel” on Saturday when he went out with friends in Chicago just hours after landing in Cleveland on a victory against the White Sox.
25 year old originally from Crown Pointe, Ind. He apologized to his teammates, the Indian organization and its fans for breaking the protocols set by Major League Baseball and the code of conduct agreed by Cleveland players to help prevent the spread of coronavirus among players.
“I understand that in these times of uncertainty, I need to be more vigilant and accountable,”; Plesac said in a statement. “I am determined to win the forgiveness of my friends and get back to work.”
Exactly when the comeback can happen is still in the air, according to Indian baseball operations president Chris Antonetti. The Indians will not need a fifth starter until Aug. 22 against Detroit, so the club were already considering a series of moves on the roster, which could have seen Plesac heading for the lead or opting into the alternative site at Eastlake, where he could lie down.
The club also has two players in Tyler Naquin and Roberto Perez who are preparing to leave the injured list and will seek space on the 28-man roster.
“We have a lot of things to work on to understand what the future movement groups might be,” Antonetti said. “There are a lot of moving parts.”
But Antonetti stressed that ensuring the health and safety of the players and the traveling party of Indians was what made Plesac’s isolation possible on Sunday.
“We have all come together and talked about the importance of observing each other and making sure we do our best to minimize the risk,” Antonetti said. “Zach’s behavior, unfortunately, was not in line with that.”
Antonetti said Plesac will be in self-quarantine for 72 hours or more and will start taking daily COVID-19 tests. Before leaving Chicago, Plesac and his driver both took the spot care test on the spot. The Indians hired a car service to transport Plesac back to Cleveland instead of flying him home with his teammates.
Antonetti said the Indians players met before Sunday’s game and spent some time talking through their thoughts and feelings about the situation.
“This is the reaction we will get here in the next day or two and the factor that could be our net steps,” Antonetti said.
Teams such as Shane Bieber, said the players will deal with the excrement of Plesac within the club.
“We love Zach and support him, but he cheated on him,” Bieber said. “What we talked about as a team was that we need to focus on one thing at a time and that was the game. I’m proud of the guys who have the opportunity to get out there and win. We will address this within and we’ll see where it goes from here. “
Through three starts, Plesac was among the Indians’ most dominant trails, allowing only three runs in 21 hours with 24 strokes and two walks.
Regardless of when Plesac does it again for Cleveland, he can still face discipline from the organization. Manager Terry Francona was not with the club in Chicago after recovering from a gastrointestinal issue that sidelined him for more than a week of games. Antonetti said further talks will take place this week with Francona likely to be involved.
“At this point, we will take some time and then evaluate what the right next steps might be,” Antonetti said.
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