January 23, 2021

Indians’ Mike Clevinger to miss start after violating protocol (ESPN)

Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will not make his scheduled Tuesday start after the team learned that he violated coronavirus safety protocol while on the road in Chicago.

Clevinger is the second Indians pitcher in as many days to be cited by the team for violating protocol in Chicago. Zach Plesac had to drive back to Cleveland in a rental car on Sunday before the Indians wrapped up their series against the White Sox after he left the team hotel to go out Saturday.

Clevinger accompanied Plesac when they went out on Saturday in Chicago, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Clevinger flew home with the team, which did not know about his violation before departure.

In a statement Monday, the Indians said Clevinger will go into quarantine and undergo testing while away from his teammates. Clevinger, who is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA, and Plesac will have to test negative for COVID-19 twice in 72 hours before they’ll be allowed to rejoin any team activities.

Both players are being counted on as part of a strong Cleveland pitching staff that has carried the club through 17 games.

The Indians — and other Major League Baseball teams — have established codes of conduct to mitigate…

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