Indians manager Francona had surgery for toe staph infection

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona recently underwent surgery for a staph infection in his toe and will be on crutches for several weeks in training camp

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona recently underwent surgery for a staph infection in his left big toe and will be on crutches for several weeks in training camp.

“I still have my toe,” Francona said on a Zoom call. “They just went in and took out some of the bone that was infected and they replaced that with some cement. I guess the cement oozes like antibiotics and I’m also getting the IV antibiotics.

“After another three weeks, I think it’s March 7, I’ll be done with the antibiotics, I’ll be able to start getting off of the crutches a little bit and then they’ll see how I’m doing as far as, did the staph go away completely, and they’ll look at it again.”

The 61-year-old is getting the antibiotics through an IV in his right arm and his foot remains in an immobilizing boot.

Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. served as Cleveland’s interim manager and guided the club to a wild-card berth.

Francona, who is in his ninth season with the Indians, described his ordeal last season as “awful.”

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