The Cleveland Indians announced Friday morning that manager Terry Francona underwent heart surgery on Thursday and will miss the All-Star Game this coming Tuesday which he was to be the manager for the American League.
He will return to his duties as manager on July 14 when the second half of the season begins.
Francona has missed the last three games after going into the Cleveland Clinic to undergo some medical tests to determine what’s been wrong with his heart that forced him to miss games earlier this season.
According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer, Francona underwent a “cardiac ablation” which will correct the irregular heartbeat that Francona has been dealing with.
Bench coach Brad Mills has filled in as manager while Francona has been in the hospital and will manage the American League in the All-Star Game in Francona‘s spot.
I’m glad that the Cleveland Clinic found and fixed the problem and that Francona is going to be okay. Myself and others have been worried about his health because he’s had health scares during the season and have questioned how much longer the 58 year old will manage the Indians.
Hopefully he’s around for a few more years to keep the winning that’s been in place since he arrived in October of 2012 around. But we also want him to live a long healthy life which is and should the main focus for Francona going forward.