CLEVELAND, Ohio – “I’m not a health picture.”
That’s what Terry Francona said he learned from the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.
The Tribe manager missed out last week’s games to go through tests for what was originally called a gastrointestinal problem.
At his Zoom press conference, Francona said he also had problems with his hips and back. He explained the hip part as “bone over bone.”; He says he has had “five or six procedures” at the Cleveland Clinic over the past few months.
“The muscles that help you go to the toilet have spasm,” he explained. It has been like this for the past 11 months. “
The 61-year-old Francona said he didn’t have any heart problems, but he obviously faced a lot of pain.
Francona’s health was a concern when the Indians hired him in 2013. He has had a few trips to the hospital over the years, including a heart resection surgery during the 2017 season to irregular heartbeat regulation.
He went through a lot. My feeling is that there is no guarantee he will end the season.
But Francona is not just a baseball player. Baseball is his oxygen. Being close to the players would give his bloodline more strength. The decision to win, lose, and in the game powers his heartbeat.
That’s how he wired.
You could say he should quit his job now. But Francona won’t until he is sure he has no other choice.
THIS ONE HOUR
That’s why the Indians were silently indignant at the actions of pitchers Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger, who broke the rules of the team and went out with friends in Chicago.
Both pitchers were placed on the “restricted list.” They will undergo tests over the next few days to see if they are infected with COVID-19.
The Indians declined to say whether pitchers would be penalized, but it is a good prediction.
Team chairman Chris Antonetti said as far as the Indians were concerned, the two pitchers had not been in contact with anyone positive for COVID-19. He said that the rules of the tournament did not force them to put pitchers on the restricted list and keep them away from the team.
The Indians did it on their own. They did it to send a strong message of team solidarity and responsibility.
Francona wasn’t the only one at high risk for the team. Tribal player Carlos Carrasco suffered from leukemia last season. He is healthy now.
But either person may experience a serious reaction from COVID-19.
Furthermore, the players of the Tribes have come up with a pre-season code of conduct to deal with the virus. They were in good control on their own, at least until the weekend in Chicago.
Without a doubt, many players feel angry and frustrated at Plesac and Clevinger. The same goes for other members of the organization.
“This is a kind of pain,” Francona admitted.
THAT’S NOT TRUE
Plesac was arrested when he returned to the team hotel on Saturday night. The Indians immediately kept him off the team, and he drove home from Chicago.
That is too bad.
Making it worse was that Clevinger was with him. Apparently, Plesac didn’t tell the Indians about Clevinger being with him. The team claims that Plesac was the only player to break the rules on Saturday night in Chicago.
The tribe did not find out that Clevinger was there until Monday morning as well. Meanwhile, Clevinger was around on Sunday and flew home on a team flight home on Sunday night.
Both pitchers should be ashamed of their lack of responsibility as they refuse to explain what really happened on Saturday.
There was a report by Jon Heyman of MLB Network that Clevinger defended Plesac’s actions at a group meeting. This happened before the Indians knew Clevinger was with Plesac.
That is sad.
Furthermore, Francona was a bit puzzled when he said that the two pitchers “were probably at different stages of understanding”.
He won’t make it clear. But if they sincerely regret it, you will expect Francona to say so.
Clevinger released a statement of apology on Tuesday night and seemed to feel that he blew it away. The Indians had one team meeting led by Francona, then another meeting with just the players.
They don’t want this to ruin the season.
Led by Antonetti, the Indians did an excellent job on their virus-free and disciplined mission.
It wasn’t easy, but they were loyal. That is why it annoys the organization and the player when the two mess up and take no responsibility afterwards.
“God says love your neighbor as much as you love yourself,” says short walker Francisco Lindor. “Everyone needs to take responsibility. (If they) don’t care about our neighbors and the people we love. What are we doing? “
That’s a good question, Plesac and Clevinger will have to face once they get back to the team.
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