Cleveland Indians send Zach Plesac to Cleveland after violating team’s rules and leagues health and safety protocols

Pitcher will quarantine for 72 hours

Cleveland Indians send Zach Plesac to Cleveland after violating team’s rules and leagues health and safety protocols
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Source: Nam Y. Huh)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Indians have sent pitcher Zach Plesac back home to Cleveland after he went out with friends Saturday night in Chicago, Ken Rosenthal, and Zach Meisel of The Athletic reported Sunday evening. 19 News has since confirmed the report.

Sources told The Athletic that Plesac upset his teammates and club officials. You can read more of the story at The Athletic.

“Zach did break some protocols last night,” said team president Chris Antonetti. “We actually did ask him not to report to the ballpark today. He will be in self quarantine for 72 hours or more. We’ll also begin getting daily tests.”

Plesac released a statement on Sunday night saying “I would like to apologize to my teammates, the entire Cleveland organization and all of our fans for my actions Saturday evening.  I realize I made a poor choice to leave the hotel, which broke protocols and could have endangered other people. I understand that in these times of uncertainty, I need to be more vigilant and responsible and I am determined to earn my teammates’ forgiveness and get back to work.”

Plesac pitched in the game Saturday for the Indians. He picked up his first win of the season. He went 6 innings and finished with five hits and seven strikeouts. The Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-1.

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