CLEVELAND — Dealing with health issues, Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t able to lead his team for much of the shortened 60-game season and won’t be managing throughout the playoffs, but a skipper never leaves his ship and Francona is still sticking by the Tribe while Sandy Alomar manages in his place.
Indians president Chris Anotonetti said that he believes Francona will be at the Progressive Field Tuesday night, as he has been for the past several days.
Francona, 61, isn’t well enough to take over his role as manager, and Alomar has stepped up to the plate while Francona is sidelined, but he is recovering one day at a time, Antonetti said.
“He’s continuing his recovery,” Antonetti said. “Still far short of 100% right now but he at least continues to get stronger and feel a little bit better.”
Francona has been given a care plan by the Cleveland Clinic, where he underwent a medical procedure near the end of August, and continues to have follow-up appointments where his condition is tracked and monitored.
While he won’t be leading them, his presence will hopefully impact the Tribe as they face-off with the New York Yankees Tuesday in the first game of the American League Wild Card series.