Indians send Zach Plesac home for violating health and safety protocols – The Athletic

The Indians’ decision to send right-hander Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday is the most vivid example yet of how major-league teams are growing increasingly vigilant about self-policing their rosters.

Plesac upset teammates and club officials by going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night in violation of team rules and the league’s health and safety protocols, sources told The Athletic.

The Indians, fearing an outbreak of COVID-19 similar to those that occurred with the Marlins and Cardinals, took quick action to isolate Plesac from his teammates and the rest of the club’s traveling party. The pitcher will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily, and the team could take additional preventative measures, sources said.

Plesac, 25, pitched six scoreless innings Saturday afternoon in a 7-1 victory over the White Sox, improving his ERA to 1.29 in three starts. He is next scheduled to start in Detroit on…