Mike Clevinger will start for Cleveland on Wednesday

After a brief demotion, Mike Clevinger is coming back to the Cleveland Indians. The team announced Tuesday that Clevinger would be recalled to start Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Clevinger, 29, was surprisingly demoted to the team’s alternate site Aug. 14 after he violated the team’s coronavirus protocol during a road trip in Chicago. Clevinger and pitcher Zach Plesac went out with a group of people following a game in Chicago. Both players met with the team to discuss the issue, and team brass decided to option both Clevinger and Plesac to the minors.

Zach Plesac still at Cleveland’s alternate site

While Clevinger will return, Plesac, 25, remains in the minors. Though both players committed the same infraction, Plesac may have hurt his case by releasing a video defending his actions. Plesac eventually deleted that video, but the damage was done. Manager Terry Francona said he was “disappointed” by Plesac’s video.

When will Zach Plesac return to the majors?

Clevinger coming back opens the door for Plesac to eventually make his return for Cleveland. The team hasn’t missed much without them, though, going 7-3 over its last 10 games. Still, both Clevinger and Plesac were performing well for the team prior to their demotions. In three starts, Clevinger has a 3.24 ERA.

Plesac performed even better, posting a 1.29 ERA in three starts.

Mike Clevinger will return to Cleveland on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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