Over the weekend, the Cleveland Indians temporarily isolated third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes from team activities due to violations of MLB COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Speak Associated press (h / t ESPN), the pair joined their teammates on Tuesday after repeatedly testing negative for the coronavirus and are expected to be available for Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels.
As previously reported, Reyes received a haircut after Friday’s victory over the Chicago Cubs, then had dinner with Ramirez at a covered restaurant later that evening. Starting pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac ended up in hot water with the organization for similar behavior last summer, and Cleveland finally sent Clevinger to the San Diego Padres before the trade deadline.
Reyes is also no stranger to violating coronavirus guidelines. He missed the start of summer camp last July after attending a holiday party on July 4 without wearing a mask or adhering to social distancing recommendations.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters both Ramirez and Reyes spoke to their teammates after the recent violation. Francona added that all punishments will be kept internally.
“We tried to keep up to date every morning,” Francona said. “Technically, on March 1, guys were going to be allowed to dine in restaurants and the day before we got a note saying no, wait.
“And then I think it was about three days later that they got to have dinner outdoors – that’s a moving target sometimes. So we really tried to keep the players in the loop.”
Ramirez finished shortened 2020 season in the event of a pandemic second in American League MVP vote after hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 46 RBIs. Reyes, the full-time designated hitter from Cleveland, averaged .275 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs last year.