Remember how the Indian sent pitcher Zach Plesac home from Chicago because he broke the rules to hang out with friends on Saturday night? Turns out he is not alone.
The Cubs won’t take on Mike Clevinger tomorrow, as he joined Plesac:
Mike Clevinger also violated the team rules on the road trip. A statement from the Indians: pic.twitter.com/RS64c4vBoA
– Mandy Bell (@ MandyBell02) August 10, 2020
Here’s the kicker – even after learning that Plesac was kicked home for going out on Saturday night, having to rent a car to drive home ̵1; Clevinger didn’t seem to say anything and back to the group:
Cleveland Indian pitcher Mike Clevinger went out with teammate Zach Plesac in Chicago on Saturday night for violating the team’s rules, Sources told ESPN. Clevinger has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled warm-up with the Cubs and will be quarantined. He flew with the team on Sunday.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 10, 2020
So that’s great right there. It must have been some ugly backstory between teammates who knew Clevinger went out with Plesac, saw Plesac get sent home and Clevinger said nothing. Seem.
Hear Indian starter Mike Clevinger sat through a team meeting yesterday and defended Zach Plesac knowing he went out with Plesac, then flew back to the team. Now, the Indians discovered Clevinger was out with Plesac and so they appropriately quarantined Clevinger.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 10, 2020
Leaving aside what seemed like an overly selfish decision, there is now a risk – albeit mildly – that Clevinger signed the COVID-19 while out and then passed it on to his teammates in the meantime. The teammates were supposed to host the Cubs tomorrow.
In chronological order, that might seem unlikely, but do you really want to rule out anything when it comes to this virus? I don’t necessarily predict how this will affect games this week unless there are aggressive tests tonight or tomorrow, but do your best. If you’re the Cubs, aren’t you feeling a little insecure right now? And quite annoying?
Anyway. Assuming the games are played, the Cubs will now face Carlos Carrasco, as planned, on Wednesday, but Adam Plutko on Tuesday. Plutko, 28, has started ups and downs for Indians over the past few years, with some successful outings, but mostly meh results overall. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he eliminated the Cubs in six rounds at Wrigley Field in early 2018.