Outfielder Franmil Reyes rejoined the team Wednesday afternoon. Reyes has not been with the team over the past three days due to the team’s coronavirus protocol after the 25-year-old went to a 4th of July party not wearing a mask. 

“He’s not in the penalty box. I want to make that perfectly clear,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday in regards to Reyes not being with the team. “It’s just how we have to operate right now. He was extremely apologetic.” 

The staff’s plan for Reyes on Wednesday is to get him some hitting work in. 

In terms of the other main coronavirus storyline, outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. tested negative for coronavirus and is traveling from Arizona to Cleveland. DeShields Jr. must test negative once more to be permitted to rejoin the Indians. 

The Tribe has a busy Wednesday afternoon planned with seven and a half innings scheduled to get different pitchers work. 

Speaking of pitchers, one of the Tribe’s top arms met with the media Wednesday. Mike Clevinger said the shorter season could end up providing benefits for baseball. 

“This is going to be some of the most exciting baseball,” the 29-year-old right hander said. “It’s going to be a time to watch baseball.” 

The most unique wrinkle of no fans in the stands has Clevinger thinking of the possibilities with television broadcasts. 

“I think you’re going to have to turn the mics off (on broadcasts) for some of these matchups,” Clevinger said, referencing the smack talk potential between the Indians, Twins and White Sox. 

While the circumstances are different, Francona said the approach cannot change. 

“One of the things we’ve tried to, we’ve said it, probably ad nauseam, is we have to stay in the moment,” he said. “All the things we’ve believed in the past, we better damn well believe in it now, because we are all we’ve got. We can choose to show up and, ‘Oh, it’s hot. There’s no people.’ Or, we can be like, ‘You know what? It’s a day at the ballpark and we’re trying to prepare to kick somebody’s ass.’ That’s the best way.” 

Can’t argue with that.

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