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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has not had an easy 2021 from a health perspective, shutting himself down and taking himself away from the team to work on a recovery plan for a healthy return next season.
Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports Sunday that Francona will have surgery on his foot on Tuesday, and the recovery will take a number of months.
As Meisel pointed out Francona has been in a walking boot all year, and over the last few weeks the manager has been rehabbing at the ballpark in recent weeks.
The 62-year-old Francona has been the manager of the Indians going back to 2013. In the nine seasons with the club the franchise has gone 740-585, the best mark in the American League.
He led the Indians to a World Series birth against the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 season, and the Tribe led the series three games to one before falling apart and losing a historically memorable game seven at Progressive Field.
The Cubs would go on to win the series four games to three, taking home game seven with an 8-7 win after the Indians rallied to tie the game in the 8th inning when Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer to tie the game at six.
Many have questioned if Francona will return next season or if the health issues are just too much to overcome.
For now, the manager will do whatever he can to get back on the field in Goodyear, AZ for spring training in 2022.