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Guardians’ Terry Francona to return after bout with COVID

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Apr 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona (77) prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has cleared Major League Baseball’s health and safety protocol and is expected to be in the dugout for Wednesday’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Francona, who missed four games, will be joined by bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Both tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mike Sarbaugh, the Guardians’ first- and third-base coaches, respectively, as well as assistant pitching coach Joe Torres remain in the protocol. Hitting coach Chris Valaika returned to the team before Tuesday’s 5-4 setback in 10 innings against the Reds.

Pitching coach Carl Willis served as acting manager in Francona’s absence.

The Guardians have lost four of their last five games.

–Field Level Media