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Terry Francona steps down for rest of season for health reasons

Field Level Media
30 Jul 2021, 09:55 GMT+10

The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that manager Terry Francona is stepping away from the team for the remainder of the season to focus on his health.

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will serve as Cleveland's acting manager for the rest of the year.

Francona, 62, told reporters he will have his hip replaced Monday and also needs a permanent rod inserted into his foot several weeks from now.

"I didn't feel like I was doing my job appropriately," Francona said.

Francona missed most of the 2020 season and all of the playoffs after needing a procedure to address a blood clotting issue.

He also missed two games last weekend while dealing with an ear infection and head cold. Francona did not test positive for COVID-19, according to the club.

Francona is in his 21st season as a major league manager and ninth with the Indians, after four seasons managing the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000) and eight with the Boston Red Sox (2004-11). He won two World Series as Boston's manager.

Hale, 60, is in his first year with Cleveland after holding various coaching roles with the Texas Rangers, Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves. He played minor league ball in the 1980s.

--Field Level Media

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