Terry Francona will not manage Cleveland Indians in Minnesota on Sunday due to gastrointestinal issue
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Terry Francona will not manage the Cleveland Indians when they face the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series at Target Field. Francona participated in a pre-game media session at the ballpark, but returned to the team hotel with a minor gastrointestinal issue, according to the club.
Francona’s ailment is not COVID-19 related, the club said. Sandy Alomar Jr. will manage the team Sunday and Kyle Hudson will coach in Alomar’s regular place at first base.
Francona, 61, missed time in spring training around March 4 with similar issues including symptoms such as feeling run down.
Alomar managed Cleveland’s split-squad games in Las Vegas in early March against the A’s. He was the team’s acting manager for six games after the team fired manager Manny Acta late in the 2012 season.
Alomar is in his 11th season on the Tribe’s coaching staff. He played 11 seasons with the Indians, going to the All-Star Game six times as one of the most decorated catchers in franchise history.
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