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Terry Francona continues to undergo tests at the Cleveland Clinic


Indians manager Terry Francona continues to undergo tests at the Cleveland Clinic in the wake of a series of episodes in which he has experienced dizziness and an elevated heart rate.

While he continues to be absent from Indians games, he may also have to miss the All-Star Game next week, which he is slated to manage thanks to the Indians winning the pennant last year. At the moment it is unclear when he’ll be discharged. Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters yesterday that Francona will miss “at least a couple more days.”

Brad Mills has been managing the Tribe in Francona’s absence. It’s not clear who will manage the AL All-Star team if Francona cannot. Francona had previously named the entire Indians coaching staff to the All-Star Game, but Rays manager Kevin Cash — a former Indians coach and friend of Francona’s — is on the staff as well.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.