The Cleveland Indians were so upset with Zach Plesac for leaving the team hotel in Chicago to hang with friends during a road series with the White Sox, THEY WOULDN’T LET HIM BACK ON THE TEAM JET!
The 25-year-old right-hander KNEW he wasn’t supposed to leave the team hotel without specific permission (per team and MLB protocol) due to the COVID pandemic, but he went out Saturday night anyway.
The team found out and took immediate action.
FYI, Plesac grew up in Crown Point, Indiana — roughly 45 miles from Chicago.
Plesac was ordered to be tested immediately — and then the team sent him back to CLE by car service Sunday instead of joining the rest of the team on the team jet.
The flight is usually 90 mins The drive is a little over 5 hours.
Plesac was also placed on a mandatory 72-hour quarantine — and will have to undergo more testing before he’ll be allowed to rejoin the team.
“I realize I made a poor choice to leave the hotel, which broke protocols and could have endangered other people,” Plesac said in a statement,
“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’s Indians teammate, Shane Bieber, also weighed in …
“We love Zach, we support him, but he screwed up. We’re going to handle this in-house, and we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Major League Baseball is trying to crack down on protocol violators in the wake of multiple outbreaks affecting the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.
Be smart, people.