BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona withdrew Monday
from an All-Star tour of Japan because of a foot infection, three
days after agreeing to replace Ken Macha as the team's skipper.
Francona has been hospitalized in California because of the
infection in his left foot, Red Sox spokesman John Blake said.
Blake said that while a full recovery is expected, doctors said
Francona won't be able to travel to Japan because of the treatment
Macha was replaced after he was fired as manager of the
Francona, who was in California on a trip with his family when
he was hospitalized, had his right knee replaced late last year --
the 10th operation on that knee and 19th on both knees combined.
Francona developed life-threatening complications after knee
surgery in November 2002, including a blood clot in his lungs and
staph infections in both knees that required several followup
He played 10 years in the major leagues as a first baseman and
outfielder, and had already had 11 knee operations when he went in
for the arthroscopic procedure in 2002.
Francona managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000, and
led Boston to its first World Series title in 86 years during his
first season as Red Sox manager in 2004.
He was hospitalized for tests in April 2005 after chest pains
that doctors said were probably caused by a virus.