Indians manager Francona remains in hospital for tests
Cleveland bench boss scheduled to be at all-star game next week
Indians manager Terry Francona will miss at least a few more games as doctors try to pinpoint his medical issues.
Francona remains at the Cleveland Clinic undergoing tests to determine what has made him light-headed and increased his heart rate over the past month.
The 58-year-old Francona was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and missed Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres. At this point, it’s unclear when he’ll be discharged or if he’ll be able to manage the American League All-Star team next week.
Team president Chris Antonetti said Francona will be out for “at least a couple more days” and that it’s possible he could be sidelined for the remainder of Cleveland’s homestand before next week’s All-Star break. Antonetti said Francona has undergone tests and doctors are working toward a diagnosis.
“It’s just at this point narrowing down what is the specific thing causing the symptoms and how do they correct that,” Antonetti said, “and all of the doctors are very confident they will be able to do that and figure that out in the near term.”
Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff visited Francona on Wednesday.
“We talked about a wide variety of issues from different trade conversations we’re having and things going on with the team, so he’s actively engaged and actively itching to get back,” Antonetti said.
“But as I’ve shared with him, the most important thing for all of us is his health, his long-term health and we want to make sure we get him back healthy and ready to lead us the rest of the way.”
This is Francona’s third hospital stay in the past month. He has been wearing a heart monitor so doctors can better evaluate him on a daily basis.
Francona is currently scheduled to manage the AL team in Miami.
In this May 3 photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit.