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Jose Ramirez, Franmil Reyes away from team for violating protocols with haircut, dinner

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Cleveland Indians offensive standouts José Ramírez and Franmil Reyes are away from the team after breaking COVID-19 protocol, manager Terry Francona said Sunday from spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. It is the second violation for Reyes, who also missed time in July.

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Francona said the two drove to Friday's Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona. Afterward, they went for a haircut and ate dinner inside a local restaurant, per Mandy Bell of Cleveland.com.

They arrived at the facility Saturday morning and told the medical staff of their travels, initiating an immediate directive to head home.

“We sent them home and self-reported to the league what they did,” Francona said, via Cleveland.com. ‘We turned it over to the league and we’re waiting to follow up. They have not had access to us.”

Reyes breaks COVID-19 protocol for second time

Reyes has been in trouble before for breaking MLB safety protocol. He was not allowed at the team's summer training camp at Progressive Field in Cleveland last July after being spotted maskless at a July 4 party. The issue was discovered on an Instagram post days before he turned 25.

He joined the squad in 2019 in a trade with the San Diego Padres. Reyes hit .275 in the 2020 season with 34 RBI and nine home runs.

Ramírez is entering his ninth professional season, all with Cleveland, and led the league with 45 runs in 2020. He hit .292 with 46 RBI and 17 home runs.

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