Red Sox

Francona stepping away for rest of season for health reasons

Red Sox

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is taking a leave of absence for the remainder of the 2021 MLB season to address his health.

The former Boston Red Sox skipper will undergo a left hip replacement on Monday, according to MLB.com's Mandy Bell. He'll also have a permanent rod put in his foot five or six weeks later start the healing process after having surgery on a toe steph infection in February.

DeMarlo Hale will take over as interim manager for Cleveland.

Francona managed the Red Sox from 2004-11, helping Boston break the curse in '04 and earn another World Series title in '07. He ranks second all-time in wins for a Red Sox manager with 744.