Mike Clevinger, Zach Plesac Reinstated by Indians After COVID-19 Rules Violation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 14, 2020

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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The Cleveland Indians have reinstated Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac after both pitchers were placed on the restricted list earlier this week for violating the team's and Major League Baseball's health and safety protocols.

Per MLB.com's Mandy Bell, Clevinger and Plesac have been optioned to the team's alternate training site in Lake County.

According to The Athletic's Zack Meisel, Clevinger and Plesac held an open forum with the team after meeting it in Detroit where it will begin a series with the Tigers on Friday night.

Meisel added that Cleveland brass met afterward and made the decision to send both pitchers to the alternate site.

Cleveland announced Aug. 11 that it had placed Clevinger and Plesac on the restricted list. Both players were required to quarantine for three days and undergo precautionary coronavirus testing after they went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

The Indians sent Plesac home prior to their Aug. 9 game against the Chicago White Sox after learning he violated health and safety protocols.

Per Tom Withers of the Associated Press, Clevinger didn't admit he was out with Plesac during a team meeting Sunday and flew back to Cleveland with the team and coaching staff before the organization found out he also violated the rules.

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There's no indication when either Plesac or Clevinger could rejoin the 28-man roster.