Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes apologized Thursday for his recent actions at a Fourth of July party.
Reyes was spotted on social media at the party and he wasn’t wearing a mask or practicing social distancing measures.
The Indians kept Reyes away from their training camp until he was tested for COVID-19 by the club. He was cleared after testing negative and returned to the team on Wednesday.
“I really apologize, because I was not protecting myself and my teammates,” Reyes told reporters Thursday during a video call from Progressive Field. “I learned from it and it won’t happen again. I really don’t want to stop practicing. I really apologize and I swear it won’t happen again.”
Reyes is beginning his first full season with the Indians. He smacked 37 homers while splitting last season between the San Diego Padres and Indians.
Reyes, who turned 25 on Tuesday, batted .249 with 81 RBIs last season but also struck out 156 times in 150 games.
Outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. is close to returning to the squad after testing negative on his latest coronavirus test. DeShields tested positive last week.
DeShields, 27, was acquired from Texas in the offseason deal that included Cleveland sending two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.
DeShields has a .246 career average in five major league seasons, all with the Rangers. The speedster has 106 stolen bases, 18 homers and 126 RBIs in 539 games.