Francona's Thoughts: June 14 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager Terry Francona discussed his health, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor and much more before Wednesday's game between the Indians and Dodgers.

On his health after leaving Tuesday's game in the ninth inning:

A: "You know what, last night, I was having a hard time during the game. I was light-headed, more than normal. And my heart was—I knew it was going too fast. I had one of the trainers check me and it was like 105, 108, 110. So it got to about the eighth inning and I was having a hard time. So I finally came inside because I was like, ‘Man, something’s not right.’ They ended up taking me to the hospital, giving me a bunch of IVs. They did a bunch of tests. They checked my brain and they didn’t find anything, which did not surprise me. I checked out, I was just really dehydrated. As we all know, you have to stay liquidated. I guess I didn’t. So, now, you show up the next day, you’re more embarrassed than anything. And I’m beat up. And I got to go with the lights on to the hospital, so that was a treat."

"Too long. No, they were unbelievable. They ran a battery of tests, man, and they did it in a hurry. They were hopping. They were out of their way. They did a great job."

More on departing the contest:

A: "It’s funny, I was so out of it that Millsy said something and I kind of looked at him. I think that’s when he got nervous. I think I missed a couple things. I really was out of it, more than normal. But I just feel tired today, which they said I would be. But I’m okay."

On the importance of staying hydrated:

A: "They’re so advanced now in what they can do. They have the urine samples and things like that where they can tell a guy right where he’s at. I think originally it was put in place maybe for guys who had the flu, if you’re coming back and the guy says, ‘He can play.’ They can really now show where you are, which is helpful. I think a lot of the guys do it on a pretty consistent basis. In fact they gave me a couple, I probably need to start doing it too, just to see where I’m at."

"They said if I feel like that again, to come back. Okay. I texted Millsy, you know Millsy is like the nicest guy in the world. I texted him at 1 am, I said, ‘Don’t change the signs, I’m not dying.’"

On if his health was similar last year when he did not manage vs. Washington:

A: "Not exactly, because I had chest pains that time. I didn’t have any chest pains. I just kind of have to catch myself a couple times like I was going to go down. It scared me a little bit. That doesn’t usually happen." 

"Chris (Antonetti) drove me home. I felt bad for him, he’s got the draft and babysitting me."

On Tuesday's three-run ninth inning:

A: “Yeah. What we’ve been talking about this week, like the meetings are well documented, that doesn’t mean you’re going to win 10 in a row. That’s not why you have them. You want a mindset and a way you’re going to play. When you lose, okay you give it all you have, leave it out there which they obviously did, and then it also doesn’t derail you moving forward. I feel like we’re in a better place. Our record’s not what we’d like it to be. We still have everything in front of us. I just wanted to make sure that we go about it the right way. I mean Kershaw is so good. I thought we had some really good at-bats. We had some at-bats where you’d chase the breaking ball, just like (the) 29 other teams he’s faced. He’s so good. But we really competed hard.”

On Trevor Bauer taking it to the next level:

A: "And I didn’t get a chance because I wasn’t here at the end of the game. I thought his last inning, he was touching 90s, he was getting after it. That was fun to watch. Guys, they pitch, they do their stuff, but he had a little extra gear there and I was proud of him. He was getting after it, that’s what you want."

On Francisco Lindor taking early batting practice on Wednesday afternoon:

A: "I don’t think I’ve ever doubted that. This is probably the first time he’s really gone through that, which is actually amazing. His level of consistency has been incredible for a younger player. He’s just going through a period now, he’s chasing that breaking ball that’s down and out of the zone. You get in that where he’s having trouble laying off. Then you try and lay off, and the fastball beats you. So he’s kind of caught in between and that will change. It may change tonight, I hope it does, but it’s – like I said, it’s surprising that it’s been this long before he’s ever hit one of these spurts because everybody goes through them."

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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