CLEVELANDTerry Francona, manager of the team, was unable to attend his fourth consecutive match on Tuesday due to COVID-19 testing.
Francona (63) and the majority of his coaching staff had to leave after a virus broke out in Cleveland's clubhouse. Francona's positive test result caused the series finale against White Sox to be postponed.
First basemanAlso, he is out despite his positive test on Friday.
Francona is currently being managed by Carl Willis, the pitching coach. Willis has said that he has spoken several times with Francona.
Willis told the Guardians that he is feeling much better, before they opened a pair of games against him.. “I believe he is ready. It is just a matter if his negative test results or his numbers are available that he can be cleared to rejoin us. He's much happier.
Francona was unable to attend the last two seasons due to serious health problems.
The Guardians were able to get back hitting coach Chris Valaika. He was one of five Francona staff members who tested positive. DeMarlo Hale is the bench coach, Sandy Alomar is first base coach and Mike Sarbaugh third-base coach.
Willis stated, “They all feel much more well.” “A few of them have been asymptomatic. We have protocols in place to ensure that these numbers are reached or that there is a consecutive negative test before they can rejoin us. This is a fluid situation. They should be cleared as soon as possible, I hope.