CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Now limited Cleveland Indian pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac will be tested for coronavirus on Wednesday.
The two were quarantined and placed on the restricted list on Tuesday after learning that both players had violated the law by leaving their Chicago hotel on Saturday.
Plesac was sent off the team on Sunday.
Word that Clevinger had also broken the protocol did not come until after he traveled home with the team and potentially exposed them to coronavirus.
Clevinger had been scheduled to start Tuesday at home.
Instead, Adam Plutko took the hill, and if Tuesday night’s game is any indication, the team has some work to do to move past the distractions.
They lost to the Chicago Cubs 7-1.
Plutko talked about the situation after the match.
“They hurt us badly. They lied to us. They sat here, in front of you, and said things in public that they did not follow through. It will be up to them. It really is.”
Plutko and card stopper Francisco Lindor both said they must work to regain the team’s confidence.
“I will let them sit here and tell them how they will regain our trust. I do not have to put words in my mouth. The term I keep hearing and excusing my language is “grown man”, right? So the grown men can sit here and tell you what happened and tell you what they will do to fix it. I do not have to do it for them, said Plutko.
“We are all human beings,” Lindor said. “We all make mistakes. But trust is earned and they will work to gain our trust.”
Clevinger issued a statement Tuesday:
“There is an implicit trust that all my teammates share when we navigate a season during this pandemic, and I broke that trust. In Chicago, I made the mistake of breaking the records, but the biggest mistake of all was not immediately cleaning up to my teammates. I owe them better. I now realize that I even expose myself to just one person more than necessary, I put myself, my teammates, the guys I compete against, the referees, the staff, the Indian organization and the game that I love at risk. There is no excuse for my actions, and I can only take responsibility and learn from my mistakes. As I progress, I promise that my actions will reflect a full understanding of the protocols that are in place as I continue my passion to compete for the fans of the incredible Indians and the city I love. “
Cleveland manager Terry Francona returned to the game Tuesday after being hospitalized.
“We will deal with what we always do,” he said. “We care about each other. That does not mean that you will not be disappointed in each other or even sometimes mad at each other. But what I care about is making it better. “
He continued, “Just trying to deal with how we do it better so it does not happen again,” he said. “The players will have a lot to say about this. Taking ownership of what we do is really important. “
Carlos Carrasco (2-1) starts Wednesday night at home.
St. The Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins have had coronavirus outbreaks, prompting MLB to discuss a “bubble” similar to the NBA.
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