Indians manager Francona to miss All-Star Game after heart operation

Los Ángeles (Chile) (AFP) –


Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona underwent a heart procedure and won't manage in Tuesday's All-Star Game, the Major League Baseball team said Friday.

Francona, 58, underwent a cardiac ablation procedure on Thursday to address an irregular heart rhythm.

"Terry is resting comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic following the successful cardiac procedure," the Indians said in a medical update press release.

"Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two. It is expected he will resume managing the team beginning Friday, July 14th and Major League Baseball has been informed he will not manage the All-Star Game in Miami."

Francona was due to manage the American League team in this season's All-Star Game in Miami after guiding the Indians to the World Series last season.

Instead Indians bench coach Brad Mills will manage the AL team in Tuesday night's All-Star Game. He will be assisted by the Indians' staff and Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Francona was hospitalized on Tuesday for further tests to determine the cause of a rapid heartbeat and light headedness.

He missed the last three games against the San Diego Padres and will also skip the Indians' weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.

Mills was named to fulfill the managerial duties for the Indians until Francona's return.

Francona is in his fifth season with the Indians after previously managing in Boston, leading the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.