Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes not with the club after attending 4th of July gathering

By , 92.3 The Fan
Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) -- Franmil Reyes hasn’t reported to summer camp for the Cleveland Indians.

The reason: Reyes attended a July 4 party without wearing a mask. To return to summer camp, Reyes must take a COVID-19 test and have the results come back negative in order to re-join the Indians.

Indians manager Terry Francona told media members Tuesday than the 25-year-old outfielder/DH did nothing wrong, but the precautions are part of a protocol that he must follow to keep others on the team safe.

“(Reyes) was a doing nothing wrong … I want to make the perfectly clear,” Francona said. “There was nothing egregious … he just didn’t have a mask on, and he was with people on the Fourth of July."

“We called him and told him he needs to tested again – when it’s appropriate. He’s not in the penalty box – I want to make that perfectly clear. It’s just the way we have to operate right now, so hopefully, we’ll see him soon.”

Francona noted that Reyes was extremely apologetic during their phone call.

“He didn’t do anything bad at all,” Francona said. "He’s a great kid, but we have to live by certain guidelines right now.”  

Francona believes this situation could be a positive way for the team to communicate during the pandemic.  

“We have gone around and talked to the other players about it and our guys have been doing a good job,” Francona said. “We get a lot of cooperation and not a lot of grumbling – at least to our face – and I appreciate that.”  

Pitching, Pitching and more Pitching 

Indians pitchers Carlos Carrasco and lefty Logan Allen threw at batters during Monday’s practice. Carrasco threw four innings during practice, but lost some steam into the third inning.

“I thought Cookie (Carrasco) left some pitches over the middle of the plate in his last inning,” Francona said. “We tried to get him through the third inning and, boy, he (hung) some pitches that went far away. I thought overall, (Carrasco) looked healthy, which is really good.”

“Logan (Allen) is still a work in progress, and that’s not a knock on him,” Francona said. “I think we really like what he can be, once the consistency starts to show through.”

Indians closer Brad Hand was also with the first group Tuesday morning's practice. Hand, who had 34 saves last season for the Tribe, continued to work on his craft during baseball’s shutdown.

“With not knowing when we will start, you just try to stay in shape,” Hand said. “I was down in Florida where we had a bunch of guys downs there, so I was able to face hitters and pitch into games every week down there.”

Bradley Zimmer Update

Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is making progress on returning to the starting lineup for the Indians. The 27-year-old had right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2018 -- which takes eight to 12 months to recover -- and is ready to make an impact for Cleveland’s 60-game season.

“I’m just trying to treat (this year) as a normal season,” Zimmer said. “I’m prepared as I can be and I’m to make an impact, and I’m ready to make an impact.”

Francona noticed that Zimmer demeanor at the plate during the team’s practice Monday, stating that Zimmer’s hamstring was bothering him, but overall looked healthy during live hitting.

“He’s had about four to five at-bats and he’s two home runs and drilled a ball to left field for a double,” Francona said. “The biggest thing with Zim(mer) is getting him healthy and staying on the field because there’s a lot to like and what he can do. It’s been almost two years since he’s been on the field.”