Thursday, October 28, 2021

Indians’ Francona confident he will return as manager in 2022

CLEVELAND (WNN) – Indian manager Terry Francona is confident he will return next season after missing most of the last two due to serious health problems.

Francona was forced to step away from the club in late July to undergo hip replacement surgery as well as a procedure for a big toe, which was partially removed last winter after becoming infected.

The 62-year-old remains on crutches and a medical checkup is scheduled for next week.

“It’s a big appointment by the doctor’s own admission,” Francona said on a Zoom call on Wednesday. “We go through that day and should be fine. Barring anything unexpected, I really want to come back and be healthy enough to join the job.”

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Francona said “everything was tough” before his departure in 2021. During the season he was fitted with several walking boots and admitted to an inability to move around that needed him down physically and emotionally.

Francona, a two-time World Series winner with Boston, has spent nine seasons with the Indians. He was sidelined for most of the brief 2020 season with a gastrointestinal problem, which led to him being hospitalized with blood clotting issues.

Francona has 723 wins with Cleveland. He is five away from tying Lou Boudreau for the club record.

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