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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona undergoes toe surgery

Jul 23, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) stands in the dugout in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) stands in the dugout in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona underwent surgery on his left big toe on Tuesday, the second procedure he has undergone since taking leave from the team on July 29.

The foot surgery was to address issues with a staph infection he had in January. Francona had part of a bone in the big toe removed at the time after two months of pain and spent spring training and part of the season wearing a walking boot.

Shortly after stepping away from the team for the rest of the season, Francona underwent a left hip replacement.

Interim manager DeMarlo Hale said he was glad the 62-year-old Francona underwent the two surgeries.

“Absolutely. I’ve told him, too,” Hale told reporters prior to Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. “I think it’s the right thing to do because he’ll be able to have time in the offseason when he’s not up against the clock trying to get to spring training.

“This is a big step today and he’ll get through this and he’s kind of on the rehab period and I think it’s going to work well. Get around the holidays and Thanksgiving, all should be good and that’s what I’m praying for and hoping for, for sure.”

In the offseason, Francona opened up about the gastrointestinal and blood clot issues that limited him to manage just 14 of Cleveland’s 60 games in the shortened 2020 season.

Francona said he had “nine to 10 surgeries” and experienced severe issues with blood clots. He said he spent time in intensive care at the Cleveland Clinic.

“When they did the surgery to repair the blood clots, I re-clotted, I guess, three different times,” Francona said at the time. “So in the span of three or four days, I had to have three surgeries. I was in ICU for about four days. It was a rough time.”

Francona previously had his right hip and both knees replaced.

The Indians were 50-49 when Francona began his medical leave. The team has gone 18-18 under Hale and sits at 68-67.

Francona began managing Cleveland in 2013 and guided the club to the 2016 World Series, where it lost to the Chicago Cubs.

Francona is in his 21st season as a major league manager. He also managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000 and Boston Red Sox (2004-11). He won two World Series as Boston’s manager.

–Field Level Media