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Sports Reports: Cleveland Indians send pitcher Zach Plesac home for violating COVID-19 protocols

04:16  10 august  2020
04:16  10 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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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 .

Citations were handed out to multiple restaurants and bars over the weekend for violating Gov. Mike DeWine's health orders.

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac was sent home by the team for breaking COVID-19 protocols while on the road, according to multiple reports.

According to The Athletic, Plesac left the team hotel to go out with friends Saturday night in Chicago following his start against the White Sox.

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Alex Colome, left, and Yasmani Grandal celebrate after the White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in a

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a baseball player throwing a ball: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac during Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. © Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac during Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

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Plesac was reportedly isolated from his Indians teammates and the rest of the team's traveling party, according to The Athletic.

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Report: Perez threatened to leave Indians after Clevinger, Plesac broke protocol .
Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac's decision to break health and safety protocols by going out with friends in Chicago on Aug. 7 created a rift within the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse, with one player threatening to leave the team, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Veteran reliever Oliver Perez was so upset with Clevinger and Plesac that he said at a team meeting last week he would opt out of the season if the pair remained on the active roster, according to Passan's sources.All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was reportedly among the players who were outspoken about the protocol violations.

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