The Cleveland Indians cracked down hard on starting pitcher Zach Plesac earlier today for putting his teammates at risk. According to Ken Rosenthal, of the Athletic, Plesac upset teammates and club officials by going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of team rules and the league’s health and safety protocols. MLB is cracking down hard after the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have been recently hit hard by the coronavirus. The pitcher will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily, and the team could take additional preventative measures.
According to Major League Baseball’s updated protocols, released to clubs through a joint memo with the Players Association on Wednesday, staff and players must notify their club’s compliance officer if they intend to leave the team hotel on the road for any reason.
“This isn’t going to be a ‘run to daddy’ kind of thing. We’re going to handle it in-house. This is a player discipline thing. Keep the coaches, front office kind of out of it,” pitcher Mike Clevinger said. “It puts a little extra accountability, kind of. Just having that trust in your teammates is a big thing. 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?”
Plesac’s teammates have every right to be pissed off. Everyone knows what is at stake, and Plesac didn’t seem to care that he was risking others and perhaps the entire MLB baseball season. If these players can not follow the rules they should be sent home for the season without pay.
Plesac will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily, and the team could take additional preventative measures, including suspension if they choose.
Zach Plesac was apparently caught when he tried to convince the maître d’ that he was Abe Froman- the local Chicago sausage king. pic.twitter.com/NdLrAcnfFn
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) August 9, 2020
“Do you regret going out to the bar last night?”
Zach Plesac: pic.twitter.com/2VUUlvtM5r
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) August 9, 2020
Sources tell The Athletic that Zach Plesac upset teammates and club officials by going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday in violation of team rules and the league’s health and safety protocols.
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) August 9, 2020