MLB fans are offering support to Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona following some worrying news pertaining to his health.
The 64-year-old was taken to the hospital for tests right before his team’s fixture against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night after complaining of feeling unwell, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will take over managerial duties in his absence.
Francona was joking around with reporters in his pregame press conference but, around 20 minutes before the start of the game, indicated something was wrong. He was examined by Royals medical staff before being taken to a hospital via ambulance as part of precautionary measures.
This year marks Francona’s 11th in charge of the Guardians, he has dealt with multiple issues requiring hospitalization since taking over as manager. He missed most of the 2020 season with gastrointestinal problems, with first base coach Andy Alomar managing in his stead.
He underwent hip replacement surgery in the middle of the 2021 season, as well as an operation on his left big toe due to a staph infection.
Francona was unable to manage the American League All-star team in 2017 after taking the Guardians to the World Series in 2016 because of heart ablation surgery.
The South Dakota native is the winningest manager in Cleveland history.
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