Terry Francona getting tests, return to bench unknown


Cleveland manager Terry Francona is currently undergoing medical tests for a gastrointestinal issue and it's unclear when he will be able to return to the dugout.

On Sunday, Francona did not feel well and returned to the team hotel in Minnesota and opted to skip the two-game series against the Reds to get checked out.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Cleveland president Chris Antonetti said the manager was meeting with "a series of doctors" in Cleveland beginning Tuesday and continuing Wednesday. He hopes it's not a long-term absence.

"That's not our expectation at this point," he said. "But as I've shared and have been pretty consistent, our first priority will always be Tito's health and well-being and whatever puts him in the best position to be healthy and feel better that will always take priority. But that's not our expectation at this point."

Antonetti added: "He's not happy about it, but he understands it's the right thing to do. He wants to feel better and that's what we all want and for him to get back to doing what he loves, which is managing the team every day and hopefully that can happen in the not-to-distant future."

The Indians beat the Reds, 4-2, on Tuesday and are now 6-6 on the year.