On Monday, Mike Clevinger became the second starting pitcher on the Cleveland Indians to be sent home for breaking COVID-19 protocols.
Clevinger had gone out with teammate Zach Plesac while they were in Chicago, necessitating a quarantine. However, unlike Plesac, he flew home from Chicago with his teammates before being placed into quarantine, potentially exposing them to the coronavirus.
Mike Clevinger issues apology for breaking COVID-19 protocols
On Tuesday, Clevinger issued a statement apologizing for his actions:
“There is an implicit trust that each of my teammates share as we navigate a season during this pandemic, and I broke that trust,” Clevinger shared, per Zach Meisel of The Athletic. “In Chicago, I made the mistake of violating the protocols but the biggest mistake of all was not immediately coming clean to my teammates. I owe them better. I now realize that by even exposing myself to just one person more than necessary, I am putting myself, my teammates, the guys I compete against, the umpires, the staff, the Indians organization as well as the Game that I love at risk. There is no excuse for my actions, and I can only take responsibility and learn from my mistakes. Moving forward, I promise my actions will reflect a full understanding of the protocols set in place while I continue my passion for competing for the incredible Indians’ fans and the City that I adore.”
Clevinger will now be quarantined for at least 72 hours and need to tested daily for COVID-19 during the quarantine.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to shut everything down if players don’t do a better job of following protocols. Needless to say, what happened with Plesac and Clevinger cannot be well received around the league.