Indians manager Terry Francona was forced to miss Thursday night’s game against Houston after having eye surgery earlier in the day. Francona was at the ballpark, but did not manage the game.
The team said the operation was unexpected. Francona was expected to return Friday when Cleveland hosts the Los Angeles Angels.
Bench coach Brad Mills served as manager for the finale of the three-game series. Mills also filled in for Francona two years ago when the former Red Sox and Phillies skipper underwent a midseason heart procedure.
In July 2017, Francona missed a handful of games and did not manage the American League All-Stars in Miami after undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure at Cleveland Clinic. Mills managed the AL squad in Francona’s place.
In November 2016, Francona had surgery to replace his right hip. After that, he joked: “I’ve had both knees [replaced] and now my right hip. If I get my left hip done, I’ll be fully bionic.”
The 60-year-old Francona had his pregame press conference canceled shortly before it was scheduled to begin. The team then announced the procedure.
Francona is in his seventh season with the Indians. He has a 1,637-1,384 career record and is the second-winningest active manager behind San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy. He won the 2004 and 2007 World Series with Boston.
Francona, 60, signed a contract extension with the Indians in April that will keep him with the club through 2022.
The Indians, who began the night 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Cetnral, made one of the biggest moves leading up to the trade deadline by acquiring Puig and Reyes in a three-team trade involving pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Cleveland fortified its rotation earlier in the day by activating right-hander Danny Salazar from the injured list.