The Cleveland Guardians recently had to endure a COVID-19 mini-crisis, which forced them to stay without some players and coaches for a few days.
One of the most prominent names missing from the dugout last week was manager Terry Francona.
However, the team got some good news: their captain is back.
“Parents manager Terry Francona is back with the team after missing four games with Covid-19,” tweeted Tom Withers, a sports writer who works for the AP, on Wednesday afternoon.
Guardians manager Terry Francona is back with the team after missing four games with the COVID-19.
– Tom Withers (wtwithersAP) May 18, 2022
Francona tested positive for the virus last week.
Parents are getting their managers and coaches back; Naylor is still out
He has now cleared the COVID-19 protocols and will return to the dugout for Cleveland on Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
There is more positive news, as bench coach Dimarlo Hale and heating analyst Justin Tool will also return from their respective absences.
Still missing games is outfielder Josh Naylor, who made his best start as an MLB hitter.
He has no return schedule yet, but he is being closely monitored.
After a heated start to the season, the Guardians are currently 16-18 (before Wednesday’s game).
They have lost their last ten games 5-5 and two straight, so it is safe to welcome the return of Francona.
Francona is one of the best and most efficient managers in the sport, and able to lead the guardians in the post-season, though not really fond of qualifying before the season.
Although there is still a lot of baseball to play, and a lot to decide.