KLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The now-limited pits of Cleveland Indians Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac will be tested for Wednesday with the coronavirus.
The two were quarantined and placed on the restricted list Tuesday after it was learned that both players broke team rules leaving their hotel in Chicago on Saturday.
Plesac was sent away from the team on Sunday.
Word that Clevinger had also broken protocol did not come after he traveled home with the team, potentially exposing them to the coronavirus.
Clevinger was scheduled to start Tuesday at home.
Instead, Adam Plutko took over, and if Tuesday’s game is any indication, the team has some work to do to overcome the distractions.
They lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-1.
Plutko talked about the situation after the game.
“They hurt us badly. They lie to us. They sat here, in front of you, and said public things that did not follow them further. It will depend on them. It really is.”
Plutko and acronym Francisco East said both need to work to regain team confidence.
“I will let them sit here and show you how they will gain our trust. I do not need to put words in their mouths. The term I keep hearing, and justifying my language, is’ man grown up with donkeys’, right? So those older men can sit here and tell you guys what happened and tell you guys what they’re going to do to fix it. I don’t need to do that. that for them, “said Plutko.
“We are all human,” Eastern said. “We all make mistakes,” he said. However, trust is gained and they will work to gain our trust. “
Clevinger issued a statement Tuesday:
“There is an implicit belief that each of my teammates share as we sail a season during this pandemic, and I broke that belief. In agoikago, I made the mistake of breaking protocols, but the biggest mistake for everyone was not immediately to clean up with my teammates.I owe them better.Now I realize that even by exposing myself to one person more than I should, I am putting myself, my teammates, the guys I compete with, umbires , the staff, the Indian organization as well as the game I love at stake.There is no excuse for my actions, and I can only take responsibility and learn from my mistakes.Walking forward, I promise that my actions will reflect a full understanding of the protocols set as I continue my passion to compete for the incredible Indians fans and the City I adore. “
Cleveland manager Terry Francona returned to action on Tuesday after being hospitalized.
“We will deal with it as always,” he said. “We take care of each other. It does not mean that you should not be disappointed with each other or even go crazy with each other sometimes. But what interests me is to make it better. “
He continued, “Just trying to figure out how to do this better, not to happen again,” he said. “Players will have a lot to say about this. Taking ownership of what we are doing is really important.”
Carlos Carrasco (2-1) starts Wednesday night at home.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Navy have had coronavirus outbreaks, prompting the MLB to discuss an NBA-like ‘bubble’.
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