Fran­cona out of hos­pi­tal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL -

CLEVE­LAND — In­di­ans Man­ager Terry Fran­cona is rest­ing at home fol­low­ing a heart pro­ce­dure and four-day hos­pi­tal stay.

Fran­cona was re­leased from the Cleve­land Clinic on Fri­day night, one day af­ter un­der­go­ing a car­diac ab­la­tion for an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat. Fran­cona re­turned to his down­town res­i­dence dur­ing the In­di­ans’ 11-2 vic­tory over the Detroit Tigers.

Fran­cona, 58, had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dizzi­ness and an ac­cel­er­ated heart rate over the last month. Fol­low­ing an ar­ray of tests, he was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal Tues­day af­ter doc­tors de­tected ab­nor­mal read­ings from a heart mon­i­tor he had been wear­ing for sev­eral weeks.

Doc­tors hope Fran­cona’s non­in­va­sive surgery will cor­rect the ar­rhyth­mia, which left un­treated could lead to blood clots, heart fail­ure or stroke. They want him to his ease his nor­mal rou­tine, so Fran­cona will skip next week’s All-Star Game in Mi­ami.

Bench coach Brad Mills, who has been fill­ing in for Fran­cona, will man­age the AL team with an as­sist from the In­di­ans’ other coaches and Tampa Bay Man­ager Kevin Cash, who worked on Fran­cona’s staff in Cleve­land and is a close friend.

Fran­cona is ex­pected to re­join the In­di­ans and as­sume his usual du­ties July 14 when the team opens a three-game se­ries in Oak­land.


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