AP source: Cleveland Indians’ Zach Plesac sent home after protocol misstep

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Zach Plesac understood the importance of player behavior in getting baseball to its season in the midst of a global pandemic.He still broke the rules.

The Indians sent Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a car service after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols.

Plesac, 25, dated friends in Chicago on Saturday night following his win over the White Sox. The team bought a car from Plesac so he wouldn’t be on a plane with his teammates and staff in case he contracted the virus.

Plesac apologized in a statement released by the team after their 10-innings win over the White Sox on Sunday night.

“I realize that I made the wrong choice to leave the hotel, which broke protocols and could have put other people in danger,” he said. “I understand that in these uncertain times I need to be more vigilant and responsible and I am determined to earn the forgiveness of my teammates and get back to work. ”

It is not known if Plesac has been tested since he broke the team’s code of conduct. He will be isolated from the team and will not be able to participate in team activities until he tests twice negative for the coronavirus.

The Athletic first reported that Plesac had been sent home.

“At this point we will determine what the appropriate next steps will be,” said Indian team president Chris Antonetti.

With two days off this week, it was likely that Plesac, the fifth starter, would have been jumped into the rotation anyway.

“It comes at a complicated time for us,” said Antonetti. “We don’t need another starter. We were debating whether Zach should go to the survey pen or whether we should choose him.

The Indians held a team meeting ahead of Sunday’s game to discuss Plesac’s situation.

“We love Zach, we support him, but he fucked up,” pitcher Shane Bieber said. “We’ll be handling this internally and we’ll see where it goes from here.”

Major League Baseball has stressed the need for players to be more careful and follow its protocols following coronavirus outbreaks with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. The episode with Plesac, the nephew of former Big League reliever Dan Plesac, is the clearest evidence of baseball’s growing concern over his directives.

Last month, Plesac, who has become a reliable starter for the Indians, spoke about the importance for players to abide by the “code of conduct” each team was required to submit to the MLB in the hope of completing the game. 60-game regular season.

“We need to focus on whenever you can maintain social distancing,” Plesac said on July 3. “There are common sense situations, where you see things are packed, or going to bars and drinking – doing things like that isn’t really important to us right now and shouldn’t be to us. us right now.

“We are given this privilege of being able to come back and play and this short window even allows us to play. It’s a good time now to really linger and focus on what’s important and work towards something bigger at the end of the season and for those few months, lock in and focus on what we’ve set. for us at the end of the year. ”

The Indians have had few problems since the baseball restart and their decision to send Plesac home illustrates how well they have stuck to MLB guidelines. A few weeks ago outfielder Franmil Reyes was sidelined from the squad after the Indians spotted him on social media on a July 4th party without a mask.

Plesac is from Crown Point, Indiana, which is approximately 45 miles from Chicago. When he started on Saturday, he didn’t allow a run and limited the White Sox to five hits in six innings to improve to 1-1.

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