Indians’ Francona updates status for next season

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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, center, waves to fans after getting a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, center, waves to fans after getting a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Terry Francona says he is planning to return to the dugout and manage the soon-to-be Cleveland Guardians next season.

He missed the majority of the past two seasons battling serious health issues.

Francona recently underwent hip replacement as well as a procedure on his big toe that had become infected following a previous surgery.

The 62-year-old has spent the past nine seasons in Cleveland, leading the team to 723 wins.

Cleveland missed the postseason this year, finishing the campaign with a record of 80-82.

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