Antonetti has been in daily contact with Francona, Cleveland's manager for the past eight seasons. The Indians have made the playoffs eight times since he came to the club in 2013. “He's starting to feel better and he's really confident he'll be able to manage right from the start next season,” Antonetti said Tuesday on a Zoom call.
Francona is expected to speak with the media on Wednesday. He's missed time over the past three seasons for a variety of medical reasons. First-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. managed the Indians while Francona was out.
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