Indians’ Francona has heart procedure; will miss All-Star Game


Indians’ Francona has heart procedure; will miss All-Star Game

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 1: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians looks around the dugout during the third inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 7-4. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians manager Terry Francona will not manage the American League All-Star team after a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Team officials said the 58-year-old had a cardiac ablation performed on Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic. Francona has been hospitalized and undergoing tests since Tuesday. He was admitted after doctors detected an arrhythmia when reading a monitor the manager has been wearing for several weeks. Francona had been experiencing dizziness, fatigue and a rapid heart rate.

The Indians said Friday that Francona remains in the hospital and is expected to be discharged in a “day or two.”

The team said Major League Baseball has been informed of Francona’s withdrawal from the All-Star Game in Miami. Cleveland’s coaching staff and five players are participating in the game.

Francona is expected to return to managing the Indians following the break.

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