Francona: likely coughed on at Yankee Stadium

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BOSTON, MA — Red Sox manager Terry Francona’s chest pains were probably caused by a virus, according to his attending doctors. Francona, who was hospitalized after complaining of the pains on Wednesday, was released from hospital Friday. Francona had been scheduled for surgery, but the operation was cancelled due to his rapid improvement. He will likely be back with the team for the home opener and championship ring ceremony at Fenway on Monday, team physician Dr. Thomas Gill said.

Francona also released a statement on Friday to let fans know he is feeling better. “As much as I want to return to my responsibilities, the medical people have made it clear I should wait a couple of days,” Francona wrote. “In the meantime, I’ll be watching the games on TV, second-guessing Millsie [bench coach and acting manager Brad Mills] and counting the hours until I can return to the dugout and get back to work.” Later in the statement he indicated that in lieu of flowers, fans should send Cheetos…

Published April 8, 2005

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