MLB notebook: Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona resting comfortably at home

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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is recovering following a heart procedure. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is recovering following a heart procedure. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is resting at home after a four-day hospital stay and undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Francona, 58, was discharged from Cleveland Clinic on Friday night, the Indians said Saturday. He underwent a cardiac ablation procedure on Thursday for the irregular heartbeat.


Francona returned to his downtown residence during the Indians' 11-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Francona will not manage the American League in the All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night, but the Indians said he is expected to resume his managerial duties beginning next Friday when the team opens a three-game series in Oakland.

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--Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's home game against the Atlanta Braves shortly after he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Nick Markakis in the third inning.

Strasburg had his shortest starting of the year as he allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in three innings while not recording a strikeout for the first time this year.

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Strasburg was hit near his hip with a liner off the bat of Markakis, who reached on the fielder's choice as the right-hander retrieved the ball and made an off-target throw to second on a potential force for a throwing error. He then made a few warmup pitches under the watch of manager Dusty Baker, with Strasburg electing to stay in the game.

The Nationals do not release information on possible injuries during the game so it is not immediately known if the comebacker forced Strasburg out of the game after 65 pitches or if it was the bats of the Braves, who led 6-0 after three innings.

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--The New York Mets placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-day disabled list because a partially collapsed lung, the team announced.

The Mets made the announcement before Saturda's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In a corresponding roster move, All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto was activated from the disabled list.

Nimmo was taken to the hospital Friday night after complaining about the way he felt following Mets' game in St. Louis.

"(The diagnosis) is not necessarily real serious, but it's surprising for sure," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters.

--The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the 10-day disabled list ahead of starting Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned infielder/outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

McCarthy, who missed 11 games with right knee tendinitis, last pitched on June 25 against the Colorado Rockies in a wild three-inning effort that included two walks and three wild pitches in the second inning. He allowed five runs on four hits and did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers' 12-6 victory.

The injury that sent the 34-year-old McCarthy to the DL was called a knee strain. In 13 starts this season, McCarthy has a 6-3 record with a 3.25 ERA over 72 innings and has struck out 57 against 20 walks, while holding batters to a .229 average.

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