CLEVELAND – Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona will have an operation on his left big toe at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old Francona resigned for the season on July 29th and had to undergo hip surgery a few days later. He’s done rehab at Progressive Field and seen a few games at the ballpark with members of the front office.
Francona underwent toe surgery for a staph infection in February and wore hiking boots that season. Rehabilitation for Tuesday’s surgery is expected to take eight to ten weeks.
Francona is in its ninth season with the Indians and has set a winning record every year. Cleveland was promoted to the World Series in 2016 and has reached the playoffs five times under Francona’s leadership. He is five wins from the Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (728) for the most wins in team history.
Bank trainer DeMarlo Hale is the interim manager. Cleveland is 68-66 and second in AL Central.
Francona, two-time World Series champion with Boston, only managed 14 games last season because of his health. He was at the Cleveland Clinic for weeks with a severe gastrointestinal problem and was admitted to intensive care after developing blood clots.