McQuaid cleared for B's home opener

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McQuaid cleared for B's home opener

There hadnt been much question after he was a full participant in the week-long training camp and Tuesday nights scrimmage against the Providence Bruins, but Claude Julien confirmed that defenseman Adam McQuaid has been cleared to play.

Hes cleared to go, said Claude Julien. I think its easy to say that he looked a little rusty in the scrimmage. But I dont think he was that rusty. I think frustration crept in and that made it worse.

Ive been watching him in practice, and hes been getting better and improving with each day. Hes on the right track. For him its a matter of keeping the game simple. Hes a big body, hes a mean individual and hes a guy that other guys dont want to play against when hes on his game. Hes really an unsung hero in that sense.

The 26-year-old defenseman had his season cut short by a concussion last year that kept him out of the playoffs, and underwent months of rehab during the NHL lockout after October surgery for a blood clot condition. But McQuaid has worked his way back while missing zero time from the lineup, and will be suiting up for the Bruins for a season-opener for the first time in his NHL career.

Last year McQuaid was felled by a virus for the first few games of the regular season, and two years ago he was a healthy scratch while Mark Stuart was still a member of the Bruins. But this time around he shouldnt have anything holding him back after playing a full role in Tuesday nights scrimmage, and even getting into a fight with Providence enforcer Bobby Robins.

For a player that was thought to have long odds of starting the season on time after undergoing major surgery, McQuaid will be back playing his customary role as the strong, stay-at-home defensemen type.

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona missed Tuesday night's game against Texas after his second trip to the hospital this month.

The Indians said doctors for now have ruled out major health issues and Francona will be monitored the next several weeks.

Francona, 58, left Monday night's game because he wasn't feeling well. He spent several hours at Cleveland Clinic and underwent a series of tests.

Francona was released from the hospital on Tuesday and spent the rest of the day at home. He was expected to return to the dugout Wednesday when the Indians host the Rangers. Cleveland lost to Texas 2-1 on Tuesday.

Bench coach Brad Mills ran the team in Francona's absence. Cleveland began the day in first place in the AL Central after rallying for a 15-9 win Monday.

"Tito actually wanted to come back to the ballpark today," team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday. "I told him he can't come back to the ballpark today. He only got a couple hours of sleep last night, so despite his desire to want to be here, I thought it was best that he gets some rest tonight and just come back tomorrow. His plan when he was getting released from the hospital was to come over here."

"I don't think he was exceedingly happy with me," Antonetti said with a laugh. "That's OK."

Francona was hospitalized June 13 following a game at Progressive Field. He underwent tests and was released a few hours later, returning to work the following night. Last August, he missed a game after experiencing chest pains but was back the next day.

"Thankfully, we've got some great doctors that are coordinating his care," Antonetti said. "They've done every test they can possibly imagine. They've all come back clean. They're now working to try to figure out what are some of those things that are causing him to not feel so well."

Francona, a close friend of Mills for several years, has retained his sense of humor through his health issues.

A statement released by the team Tuesday read, "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to Bench Coach Brad Mills."