Francona out of hospital
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.