CLEVELAND – Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will undergo surgery on the big toe of his left foot Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic.
The 62-year-old Francona resigned from the season on July 29 and underwent hip replacement surgery a few days later. He’s been doing rehab work at Progressive Field and has watched a few games at the stadium with members of the front office.
Francona underwent surgery for a staph toe infection in February and wore a walking boot while driving this season. Rehabilitation for Tuesday’s surgery is expected to last eight to 10 weeks.
Francona is in his ninth season with the Indians and has had a winning record every year. Cleveland advanced to the World Series in 2016 and has made the playoffs five times under Francona’s leadership. He is five wins away from tying Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (728) for the most in team history.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will be the interim manager. Cleveland is 68-66 and is second in the AL Central.
Francona, a two-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox, led just 14 games last season due to his health. He was at the Cleveland Clinic for weeks due to a serious gastrointestinal problem and was placed in intensive care after developing blood clots.