Mike Clevinger also broke team rules on this latest road trip. A statement from the Indians: pic.twitter.com/RS64c4vBoA
– Mandy Bell (@ MandyBell02) August 10, 2020
Here’s the kicker – even after knowing Plesac was sent home for going out on Saturday night, having to hire a car to get home – Clevinger apparently didn’t say anything and traveled with the team:
Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger stepped out with teammate Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of team protocol, sources told ESPN. Clevinger was wiped out of his scheduled departure against the Cubs on Tuesday and will be quarantined. He flew with the team on Sunday.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 10, 2020
So it’s fantastic here. It must have been something ugly behind the scenes among his teammates who knew Clevinger had dated Plesac, had seen Plesac sent home and Clevinger said nothing. Apparently.
Hear Indians starter Mike Clevinger attended a team reunion yesterday and defended Zach Plesac knowing he was out with Plesac and then returned with the team. Now the Indians find out that Clevinger was out with Plesac, so they appropriately quarantined Clevinger.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 10, 2020
Putting aside what appears to be a selfish decision, there is now the risk – albeit a slight one – that Clevinger may contract COVID-19 while on the move, and then pass it on to his teammates in the meantime. Teammates supposed to welcome the Cubs tomorrow.
Chronologically, that seems unlikely, but are you sure you want to rule out anything regarding this virus? I don’t necessarily foresee that this will have an impact on this week’s games unless there are positive tests tonight or tomorrow, but come on. If you are the Cubs, aren’t you feeling a little uncomfortable right now? And angry enough?
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 starter for Indians in recent years, with a few successful outings, but mostly overall results. If his name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because he ruled out the Cubs for six innings at Wrigley Field in early 2018.