CLEVELAND (AP) – Native American executive Terry Francona is resting comfortably after toe surgery, his second surgery since leaving for the July season.
Francona, who had hip surgery in August, had the procedure on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. The surgery was supposed to repair his left big toe, which got infected during the off-season.
62-year-old Francona hobbled around in hiking boots for months before deciding to leave the team to resolve his medical problems. It will take Francona months to recover from the toe surgery.
Bank coach DeMarlo Hale, who represents Francona, is certain that his good friend is relieved now that the operations are behind him.
“Absolutely. I told him, too,” Hale said before the Indians faced the Minnesota Twins Spring training to arrive. “
“This is a big step today and he’s going to get through this and he’s kind of in rehab and I think it’s going to work fine. Get over the holidays and Thanksgiving, everything should be fine and I pray for that,” and hope for sure. “
It was a tough two years for Francona. He only managed 14 games in the shortened 2020 season due to a gastrointestinal problem complicated by blood clotting that put him in intensive care.
Francona announced on July 29th that he was leaving the team. He made a good recovery from hip replacement and even attended a few games at progressive field while also doing rehab at the ballpark.
Francona, a two-time winner of the World Series in Boston, joined the Indians in 2013 after serving as a broadcaster for a season. In 2019 he signed a contract extension for two years until the 2022 season.
The Indians had eight consecutive winning seasons under Francona. He led Cleveland to the 2016 World Series and the club has done the postseason with him five times.
Francona has 723 wins with Cleveland, five behind Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (728) for the most wins in team history.
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