Indians man­ager Francona re­mains in hos­pi­tal for tests

Cleve­land bench boss sched­uled to be at all-star game next week

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

AP PHOTO

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.

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