Do you remember how the Indians sent the pitcher Zach Plesac home from Chicago because he broke the minutes to go out with friends on Saturday night? It turns out that he was not alone.
The Cubs will not face Mike Clevinger tomorrow, because he joined Plesac:
Mike Clevinger also broke the law during this previous trip. A statement from the Indians: pic.twitter.com/RS64c4vBoA
– Mandy Bell (@ MandyBell02) August 10, 2020
Here’s the kicker – even after knowing that Plesac was sent home to go out on Saturday night, having to rent a car to drive home ̵
Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger went out with teammate Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of the team record, sources tell ESPN. Clevinger was scraped from his planned start on Tuesday against the kids and will quarantine. He flew with the team on Sunday.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 10, 2020
So it’s amazing there. It must be ugly behind the scenes among teammates who knew that Clevinger went out with Plesac, saw Plesac sent home and Clevinger said nothing. Apparently.
Hear Indian starter Mike Clevinger sit through a team meeting yesterday and defend Zach Plesac knowing he had been out with Plesac and then flew back with the team. Now the Indians discover that Clevinger was out with Plesac and so that they have quarantined Clevinger in an appropriate way.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 10, 2020
If you add up what appears to be an unpleasant selfish decision, there is now the risk – however small – that Clevinger contracted COVID-19 while he is out and then transferred it to teammates in the meantime. Teammates who will host the kids tomorrow.
Chronologically, it seems unlikely, but do you really want to rule something out with this virus? I do not necessarily predict that it will affect the games here this week if there are no positive tests tonight or tomorrow, but come on. If you’re the kids, are you not a little worried right now? And quite pissed?
In all cases. Assuming the games are played, the Cubs will now face Carlos Carrasco, as planned, on Wednesday, but Adam Plutko on Tuesday. Plutko, 28, has been an up-and-down deep starter for the Indians in recent years, with some successful excursions, but most meh results overall. If his name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because he shut out the kids in six rounds at Wrigley Field as early as 2018.