Terry Francona is not managing the Cleveland Indians in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals after complaining of chest pain while speaking to reporters before the game.
The Indians say Francona was examined by the Nationals Park EMT and remained at the stadium. They added that Francona was feeling better at first pitch and was not expected to need to go to the hospital, calling the decision not to manage a precautionary one.
The 57-year-old Francona has twice suffered a pulmonary embolism. In 2006 he joined others around baseball to educate people on deep-vein thrombosis.
In his pregame meeting with reporters in the visitor’s dugout, Francona at one point paused and grabbed his sternum. He continued discussing the matters of the day while joking about his pain.
“I don’t think I’m having a heart attack,” Francona said. “If I’m having one, just don’t take my answers if they’re bad answers.”
Francona, who could still be seen in the dugout during the game, was replaced by bench coach Brad Mills.