Indians send Zach Plesac home after partying in Chicago, according to report

Ryan Lewis
rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com
Cleveland Indians' Zach Plesac (34) reacts during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. The Reds won 3-2.

The Indians have preached personal responsibility, diligence and compliance with the league's health safety protocols as they try to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak within their clubhouse that has caused issues around the league.

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the Indians have acted on that, sending starting pitcher Zach Plesac home from Chicago after he partied with friends Saturday night in violation of team rules and the league's safety protocols.

According to the same report, Plesac will be sent to Cleveland, quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily, with the possibility of further preventative measures being enacted at any point.

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti has, since the beginning of summer camp, spoken to the diligence needed from each member of the organization to try to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak. Thus far this season, the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have already had outbreaks of their own, which has wreaked havoc on the league's schedule.

"The way we were approaching it, from the beginning, is we’re all compliance officers," Antonetti said on July 31 on a Zoom call. "It’s each of our responsibilities to make sure that everyone, not only themselves, but each other are following the protocols as best as we can."

On the field, Plesac has had an outstanding start to the 2020 season. In three starts, he's compiled a 1.29 ERA, 2.20 FIP and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings as the club's No. 5 starter in the rotation. The Indians are off on Monday, Thursday and Aug. 17, so they will have some flexibility with how to handle their rotation after playing 17 games in 17 days to start the season.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read more about the Indians at www.beaconjournal.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.