Indians manager Terry Francona held a team meeting after Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.



That loss dropped the Indians to 6-12 this season, seven games out of first place in the American League Central.



It isn’t Francona’s style to scream and throw chairs and blow off steam. He felt the time had come to simply remind the team that getting back to .500 will take time. It isn’t going to come together in one day.



“[I am] not the biggest team meeting person,” Francona said. “And I told these guys, a lot of the time a manager comes in and screams and he feels better. Not sure what it does for the players. I wanted to remind them of what we believe in, all the things we talk about from day 1 of spring training.



“We’re going to have to look up at the scoreboard for a while and see our record. If you try to get it all back or think about getting it all back, it looks a little daunting.”



Francona’s basic message is that this team has been here before and it’s a long season. The 2013 Indians started 5-10 and then had a 3-14 stretch later in the season and went on to win 92 games and earn a Wild Card spot. So patience is key.



“When you start talking about, ‘Well we have got to win nine out of 10,’ that would make me nervous,” Francona said. “What we need to go is go play a good game tonight.”