Cleveland Indians’ stars Jose Ramirez, Franmil Reyes break COVID-19 protocols

Sep 30, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Franmil Reyes (32) reacts after scoring in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes were sent home from the team’s spring training facility after they broke COVID-19 protocols.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Ramirez and Reyes returned to their temporary homes in Arizona while the team awaits word from Major League Baseball on how to proceed.

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Reyes posted images on social media showing Chicago Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop and him hanging out in apparent violation of league protocols. The post has since been deleted.

Reyes also told Francona that he and Ramirez went out to eat indoors after the team’s exhibition win on Friday. That violates Major League Baseball’s COVID protocols.

Francona said Reyes and Ramirez were immediately sent home after coming to the team’s complex on Saturday.

This is the second such misstep for Reyes, who was forced to quarantine after he attended a Fourth of July party last year without wearing a mask.

“We spoke to both of them,” Francona said. “They were both upfront and honest with us about what happened. I think it’s probably, how we deal with it (will) probably (be) a little bit different. Franmil, this is kind of a repeat offender.

“Again, we’re not trying to put guys in a penalty box. We try to talk to guys almost every day that this is gonna happen. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with it or not, these are the protocols that are in place, and we’ve got to live by it.”

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Strop “will have to clear some protocol hurdles before being allowed to rejoin the team in person,” MLB.com reported.

The 35-year-old Strop is 28-30 with a 3.22 ERA and 32 saves in 559 career relief appearances. He was part of the Cubs’ World Series championship team in 2016, and he returned to the team this offseason after spending 2020 with the Cincinnati Reds.

–Field Level Media