Major Health Concerns Ruled Out For Francona; Mills To Manage Tuesday

CLEVELAND (92.3 the Fan) – Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona was evaluated overnight at the Cleveland Clinic last night and into the morning, with doctors ruling out any major health issues, according to the team. Francona will continued to be monitored over the next few weeks to determine the cause of his symptoms.

Tito will remain at his residence Tuesday before returning to normal duties on Wednesday, while Bench Coach Brad Mills will manage again in Francona’s absence.

Team President Chris Antonetti updated the manager’s status before Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

“He went through a battery of tests that have ruled out any sense of major health issue, which is obviously a big relief to all of us,” Antonetti said. “Now, it’s a question of him being monitored over the next couple of weeks to try to get a better understanding of what might be causing some of the things he’s been experiencing.”

Antonetti and Francona have a long-standing relationship, which the former said adds to the stress over the situation.

“As a friend, you’re always concerned. Anytime anyone has to – especially someone like Tito, who has an exceedingly high pain tolerance. For him to leave a game raises a flag. Thankfully we’ve got some great doctors that are coordinating his care at the clinic. They’ve done every test they can possible imagine. They’ve all come back clean.”

The manager’s initial plans after being released from the hospital were to come to Progressive Field, with the expectation to manage again on Tuesday.

“He only got a couple hours of sleep last night, so, despite his desire to want to be here, I thought it was best that he gets some rest tonight and just come back tomorrow.

“I don’t think he was exceedingly happy with me. That’s OK.”

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