CLEVELAND -- Following a health scare on Monday night, Indians manager Terry Francona will remain at his residence during his team's game against the Rangers on Tuesday night. His longtime bench coach, Brad Mills, will handle managerial duties for the day.The Indians announced Tuesday that Francona -- who left Monday's
CLEVELAND -- Following a health scare on Monday night, Indians manager Terry Francona will remain at his residence during his team's game against the Rangers on Tuesday night. His longtime bench coach, Brad Mills, will handle managerial duties for the day.
The Indians announced Tuesday that Francona -- who left Monday's 15-9 win within the early innings due to feeling ill -- underwent a series of tests at the Cleveland Clinic overnight and into Tuesday morning. Doctors ruled out any major health issues, but Francona will continue to be monitored over the next several weeks to determine the nature of his recent symptoms, which also came up during the Tribe's June 13 game against the Dodgers.
"He's back at his apartment now resting," said Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations. "As a friend, you're always concerned. Anytime anyone has to [leave like that]. Especially someone like Tito, who has an exceedingly high pain tolerance. For him to leave a game raises a flag.
"Thankfully we've got some great doctors that are coordinating his care at the [Cleveland] Clinic. They've done every test they can possibly imagine. They've all come back clean. They're now working to try to figure out what are some of those things that are causing him to not feel so well."
Within the Indians' official update for reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Francona showed that his sense of humor was fully intact: "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to bench coach Brad Mills."
Antonetti noted that Francona was expected to return to his normal duties for Wednesday's home game against Texas.
"Tito actually wanted to come back to the ballpark today," Antonetti said. "I told him he can't come back to the ballpark today. He only got a couple hours of sleep last night, so, despite his desire to want to be here, I thought it was best that he gets some rest tonight and just come back tomorrow. His plan when he was getting released from the hospital was to come over here.
"I don't think he was exceedingly happy with me. That's OK."
The Indians indicated Francona experienced similar symptoms during the team's game on June 13, when the manager dealt with light-headedness, exited after the eighth inning and was taken to a local hospital. That incident stemmed from dehydration, and the manager received fluids intravenously and returned to the dugout one day later. Mills managed in place of Francona during that episode as well.
Last season, Francona experienced chest discomfort during a pregame interview with reporters and missed Cleveland's Aug. 9 game against the Nationals. After Mills filled in for that game, Francona returned the following day after passing a series of tests.
Francona experienced a similar issue while managing the Red Sox on April 6, 2005, and was taken to a hospital in New York after what was described as "stiffness" in his chest. Mills, Francona's bench coach in Boston, filled in that time as well.
Francona also dealt with chest pains in the fall of 2002, when he was hospitalized for four days after suffering a pulmonary embolism in each lung. That health incident resulted in permanent damage to Francona's circulation.
"We always want to have him at the helm there," Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall said. "I know he's watching somehow and he's proud of what we were doing. You always want him to feel good. Unfortunately, it's happened back-to-back [homestands], or close together. His health is the most important thing."
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.