Francona was at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday for more tests due to an accelerated heart issue that has caused him to be taken the facility in the middle of games twice in the last three weeks.
Bench coach Brad Mills will be the Indians’ acting manager until Francona returns.
“They are in the process of trying to narrow down exactly what’s been causing his symptoms,” said Indians president Chris Antonetti. “So he’s back at the Clinic tonight getting some additional tests, with the hope that they can better determine what’s been causing him to have episodes of not feeling great.”
Francona was at Progressive Field earlier in the day prior to being taken to the Clinic.
“Tito was actually at the ballpark today. He felt fine, but he’s now back at the Clinic to get some additional testing,” Antonetti said. “There were no episodes today. It was just, again, in this effort of the doctors trying to narrow down exactly what’s causing his symptoms, so he’ll get some follow-up tests.”
Antonetti said Francona had no episodes during Cleveland’s three-game series in Detroit over the weekend. Asked if Francona would manage Wednesday’s game against San Diego, Antonetti said, “We’re still working through that. It depends upon how long and what tests they need to do.”
Francona is scheduled to be the manager of the American League team in next week’s All-Star Game in Miami. Antonetti was guardedly optimistic that Francona will be able fulfill that obligation.
“At this point, I don’t have any reason to think otherwise,” Antonetti said. “But, again, we’ll continue to allow the great doctors that are caring for him to guide that process. As I’ve continued to tell Tito, the most important thing is his health, and that we focus mostly on that. If that means he has to spend a day or two away from the ballpark, then that’s what he needs to do.”
Asked about his level of concern over Francona’s condition, Antonetti said, “Anytime anyone has any sort of health issue, you’re concerned. I don’t think today changes that in any way. I’m actually hopeful and optimistic that we’re beginning to learn what the root cause might be, and that once they can identify what the cause is, they can come up with a way to help Tito manage it, moving forward.”