Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona misses second game with cold

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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 missed his second straight game Sunday with a head cold.

President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Francona had a negative COVID-19 test.

Francona, 62, missed Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and stayed home to rest Sunday on the advice of team doctors. Cleveland has an off day on Monday before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for two games starting Tuesday.

“More than anything we want to make sure it doesn’t continue to get worse, and we’re trying to minimize the chance that it spreads,” Antonetti said. “He’s still not feeling great, but hopefully he turns the corner soon.”

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale is filling in during Francona’s absence.

Francona is in his ninth season with the Indians following stints managing the Boston Red Sox (2004-11) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000). He led Boston to two World Series championships (2004, 2007) and guided the Indians to the American League pennant in 2016.

–Field Level Media