Remember how the Indians sent Zach Plesac containers home from agoikago because he broke protocols to go out with friends Saturday night? Well, it turns out he was not alone.
The Cubans will not face Mike Clevinger tomorrow because he joined Plesac:
Mike Clevinger also broke team rules during this past road trip. A statement from the Indians: pic.twitter.com/RS64c4vBoA
– Mandy Bell (@ MandyBell02) August 10, 2020
Here’s the kicker – even after we found out Plesac was sent home to go out Saturday night, wanting to rent a car to ride home ̵1; Clevinger apparently said nothing and traveled again with the team:
Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger went out with his teammate Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of team protocol, sources tell ESPN. Clevinger was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Cubs and will be quarantined. He flew with the team on Sunday.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPASS) August 10, 2020
So that’s fantastic here. There must have been some ugly things behind the scenes among the teammates who knew Clevinger came out with Plesac, without Plesac sent home, and Clevinger said nothing. apparently.
Indians hearing starter Mike Clevinger sat down yesterday at a team meeting and defended Zach Plesac knowing he would be with Plesac, and then flew back to the team. Now, the Indians discover that Clevinger was out with Plesac and so they have properly quarantined Clevinger.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 10, 2020
Leaving aside what appears to be an exogenously selfish decision, there is now the risk – however small – that Clevinger will contract COVID-19 while he was out and about and then pass it on to teammates in the meantime. Teams supposedly expecting Cubs tomorrow.
Chronologically, this seems impossible, but do you really want to rule out anything when it comes to this virus? I do not necessarily predict that this will affect the games this week if there are no positive tests tonight or tomorrow, but come on. If you are a puppy, are you not feeling a little anxious at the moment? And beautifully disappointed?
Anyway. Assuming the games are played, the Cubs will now face Carlos Carrasco, as scheduled, on Wednesday, but Adam Plutko on Tuesday. Plutko, 28, has been a deep start for the Indians in recent years, with some successful departures but mostly great results. If his name sounds too familiar, it’s because he closed the Cubs for six occasions at Wrigley Field in early 2018.