Terry Francona, seen in this October 2018 photo, said Danny Salazar will not likely be ready to break camp with the Indians at the end of spring training. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Nothing ruins an otherwise pleasant round of golf like answering endless questions about roster turnover and trade speculation, but if you’re Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, it comes with the territory.
Francona, on a conference call Thursday previewing the Jan. 16 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions pro-am event in Orlando, answered a few questions from reporters about his golf game, the Indians’ offseason moves, some Hall of Fame candidates and the upcoming MLB season.
He revealed that right-hander Danny Salazar will not be ready to break camp with the Indians at the end of spring training, and also maintained that he is not distracted by all of the offseason trade talk surrounding the Tribe.
Francona is returning to the tournament, which brings together LPGA tour winners from the past two years as well as celebrities from a variety of sports. He was joined by MLB hall of famer John Smoltz, a scratch golfer who has participated in senior tour events, and LPGA standout Marina Alex on the call.
Francona said participating in the charity event is special.
“Unlike John, I’m probably coming more for personality than for scoring, and I know that going in,” Francona joked. “It’s a wonderful event. They raise so much money for south Florida charities.”
Below are a few more things we learned from Francona during the interview.