CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger released a statement Tuesday after he was placed in quarantine for violating the club’s COVID-19 policies while on a team road trip in Chicago.
“There is an implicit trust that each of my teammates share as we navigate a season during this pandemic, and I broke that trust. In Chicago, I made the mistake of violating the protocols but the biggest mistake of all was not immediately coming clean to my teammates. I owe them better. I now realize that by even exposing myself to just one person more than necessary, I am putting myself, my teammates, the guys I compete against, the umpires, the staff, the Indians organization as well as the Game that I love at risk. There is no excuse for my actions, and I can only take responsibility and learn from my mistakes. Moving forward, I promise my actions will reflect a full understanding of the protocols set in place while I continue my passion for competing for the incredible Indians’ fans and the City that I adore.”
In a statement on Monday, the front office wrote:
“Today the organization learned RHP Mike Clevinger violated team protocols on the club’s recent road trip to Chicago. He has been instructed to quarantine and will undergo subsequent testing while away from the team. Righthander Adam Plutko will start against the Chicago Cubs. The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members as our top priority.”
Sunday Zach Plesac was sent back home to Cleveland after he went out with friends Saturday night in Chicago as well.