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Mike Clevinger will self-quarantine after violating team safety protocols

Clevinger left the team hotel in Chicago with teammate Zach Plesac Saturday night, then flew home with the team on Sunday

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Mike Clevinger will join his teammate and friend Zach Plesac in self-quarantine following today’s news that he, too, left the team hotel in Chicago over the weekend and violated safety protocols.

As a result, Clevinger’s slated start on Tuesday will be made by Adam Plutko, who last pitched in an inning of relief on August 6.

The Indians caught wind of Plesac’s violation quickly and made him drive home to Cleveland in a rental car. For whatever reason they didn’t seem to know that Clevinger was with him, and he sat in meetings and flew home with the team Sunday, potentially exposing everyone in the clubhouse to COVID-19.

Violating safety protocols put in place to prevent a disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of people already is bad enough, but not coming forward about doing so when someone else is being punished for it feels suspension worthy to me.

The Indians’ tone about Plesac seemed intent on dealing with it in-house, but neither player has officially faced a suspension yet.