Plesac began the season brilliantly, but he hasn’t appeared in the majors since Aug. 8, after which the Indians optioned him to their alternate training site because he violated coronavirus protocols while on the road. The 25-year-old’s actions temporarily cost the Indians a hurler who performed respectably as a rookie in 2019 and then opened the current campaign with a sterling 1.29 ERA/2.37 FIP with 10.29 K/9 against 0.86 BB/9 across three starts and 21 innings.
Of course, Plesac’s largely back in the Indians’ rotation because they dealt righty Mike Clevinger – who violated COVID-19 protocols alongside Plesac – to the Padres in a blockbuster on Monday. Even without Clevinger in the fray, the Indians boast a formidable rotation, one that also includes Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Carlos Carrasco and Triston McKenzie. That quintet should help the 21-13 AL Central leaders remain in contention over the final month of the regular season.