Indians demote Clevinger, Plesac
The Indians activated pitchers Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger from the restricted list Friday and optioned them to the team’s alternate training site.
The pitchers had been put on the restricted list Tuesday for violating MLB protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic. Plesac and Clevinger will have to be at the team’s alternate training site for at least 10 days, per MLB rules.
Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, said both players had driven to Detroit with their playing equipment and met with teammates Friday ahead of their three-game series against the Tigers this weekend.
◆ Nationals star right-hander Stephen Strasburg left the second game of a doubleheader against the Orioles after throwing just 16 pitches. There was no immediate word on the type of injury. Strasburg was only making his second start of the season because of a nerve issue in his right hand.
Also, Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was put on the 10-day injured list with a broken right wrist after trying to make a diving play in the seventh inning in a 6-2 Game 1 loss to the Orioles in a game suspended five days earlier.
◆ Right-hander Gerrit Cole posted his 20th consecutive regular-season win, becoming the sixth pitcher to ever reach the mark by throwing seven sharp innings to lead the host Yankees over the Red Sox 10-3. Cole (4-0) allowed one run, four hits, struck out eight and walked none on 95 pitches.
◆ Yankees star Aaron Judge was put on the injured list with a right calf strain, but manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.
◆ Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Astros.
◆ Cardinals coach Willie McGee opted out of being with the team for the rest of the season because of a underlying health issue with high blood pressure.
Indians pitchers Zach Plesac (above) and Mike Clevinger violated MLB protocols related to the coronavirus.