Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger second player to break protocol, forced to quarantine

Ryan Lewis
rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Cleveland.

The Indians now have two starting pitchers who have been forced to self quarantine after they broke the team's health and safety protocols in Chicago.

The Indians released a statement Monday night saying that the organization had learned that starting pitcher Mike Clevinger violated the team's protocols during their recent trip to Chicago. The Indians a day earlier had learned that Zach Plesac had broken protocol. Plesac was sent back to Cleveland with a car service and was told he needed to self quarantine for 72 hours and be tested daily.

Clevinger, like Plesac, has been instructed to quarantine and undergo subsequent testing. Clevinger was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field. Adam Plutko will now be getting the ball.

"The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members as our top priority," the team said in a statement Monday night.

"Again, we take the protocols very seriously," Antonetti said after Sunday night's game, addressing only the Plesac situation. "We’ve all banded together and talked about the importance of watching out for one another and making sure that we did our best to minimize risk. And Zach’s behavior, unfortunately, wasn’t consistent with that. So, our players spent some time talking through their thoughts and feelings and that’s feedback we’ll get here over the next day or two and factor that into what our net steps might be."

It remains unclear how the team was made aware of Plesac and Clevinger breaking the team's health and safety protocols.

"Yeah, so, we love Zach. We support him. But he screwed up," Bieber said on a Zoom call Sunday night, before it the Clevinger situation was known. "We’re gonna handle this in-house. I think what we kind of talked about as a team is we need to focus on one thing at a time and that was the game and so I’m proud of the guys for being able to handle one thing at a time and going out there and getting the win. But like I said, we’re gonna handle this in-house and we’re gonna see where it goes from here."

Clevinger in July said the team wanted to keep everything in-house to add accountability within the clubhouse.

"This isn’t going to be a ‘run to daddy’ kind kind of thing," Clevinger said then. "We’re going to handle it in-house. This is a player discipline  thing. Keep the coaches, front office kind of out of it. It puts a little extra accountability, kind of. Just having that trust in your teammates is a big thing, I think. It’s a big thing on the field. If you feel your teammate doesn’t trust you off the field how are you going to feel like he trusts you when you get between the lines?"

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.