Tuesday, Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes of the Cleveland Indians returned to Spring Training camp after violating Covid-19 protocols. Both players worked out with the team at the Indians Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. Zack Meisel of The Athletic reported their return on Twitter.
José Ramírez and Franmil Reyes are back with the team and will workout at the complex today. They're scheduled to return to the lineup tomorrow.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) March 9, 2021
The reason for the violation was because both players dined indoors. According to the protocols set by the MLB, that is something that results in this type of punishment.
They were originally sent home on Sunday, according to skipper Terry Francona. Furthermore, both players have passed a Covid-19 test with negative results.
For Reyes, this was the second time that he broke protocol. Last year during Summer Camp, he violated the rules by attending a party where other guests were not wearing masks. Reyes posted photos on his Instagram account which were later found by the Indians front office staff.
Impact of Both Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes in 2021
Looking ahead to the coming season, both Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes are important pieces in the Indians lineup. Ramirez is heading into his age-28 season. In addition, he finished as the runner-up last year in the American League Most Valuable Player Award race. Jose Abreu of the division rival Chicago White Sox took home the honor.
Furthermore, over the shortened 60-game season, Ramirez led the AL with 45 runs scored. Also, he had 17 home runs, 46 RBI, 31 walks and a .386 on-base percentage over 254 plate appearances.
While Franmil Reyes recorded 69 strikeouts over 241 plate appearances in 2020, he still is only 25-years old. Beyond that, there is plenty to like from a pure power perspective. Last season, he had a slugging percentage of .344. However, the year before in 2019 that value sat at .512 over 548 plate appearances between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland.
Reyes remains under control through 2025 and gives Cleveland depth in the middle part of the lineup. As such, he is yet another important piece for the club heading into this season.
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