Terry Francona's job search didn't last long.
According to Bloomberg, Francona will announce the first two games of the American League Championship Series that begins Saturday on Fox. He will temporarily replace color analyst Tim McCarver, who the network told Bloomberg is having a minor heart-related procedure this week.
They did not reveal any specifics of the procedure.
Francona will work with Fox's regular play-by-play man, Joe Buck, in the booth. McCarver should be back by Game 3, which is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Tim is feeling fine, Dan Bell, a Fox spokesman, told USA Today. It's a follow-up to a check-up. We expect him to be ready for the ALCS Game 3.
Francona, meanwhile, will get his first test of life after managing the Boston Red Sox. Last Friday, the team declined club options on the last two seasons of his contract. That followed a September meltdown during which the Red Sox, once nine games up on the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL Wild Card, found themselves outside of the AL playoff picture.
Speculation has focused on the possibility of Francona and former colleague, current Boston GM Theo Epstein, teaming up at the same positions with the Chicago Cubs.
The ALCS starts Saturday. The Texas Rangers will face the winner of the New York Yankees - Detroit Tigers, who play a Game 5 in their ALDS on Thursday night.