Tony La Russa says return to White Sox remains uncertain

Tony La Russa says return to White Sox remains uncertain

Aug 23, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) looks onto the field from dugout during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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September 11 – Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who has not managed his club in nearly two weeks because of a heart condition, recently had a pacemaker inserted, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

La Russa, 77, last managed the club Aug. 28 and his return to the bench remains “uncertain. “

La Russa visited Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, where the White Sox were scheduled to play the Athletics. However, he was not there to manage the club. Instead, doctors cleared him to attend the number retirement ceremony for former Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart.

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“A lot will depend on the experts,” La Russa said Sunday about his potential return. “They ask me how I feel, because I do a lot more. And how do you respond to that activity? It’s uncertain, I think. The club will be entertaining to watch in the meantime. “

In their first game without La Russa, the White Sox fell 9-7 to the Kansas City Royals. Since that game, though, they have helped their long shot playoff prospects by winning nine of 11 games heading into Sunday’s contest.

Now being managed by bench coach Miguel Cairo, the White Sox entered 6 1/2 games outside of the American League’s third playoff spot. They are 72-68 on the season.

“The more we win, the better I feel, so about 4 o’clock I’m hopeful to feel good,” La Russa said Sunday from the White Sox’s dugout. It’s up to them. They’re much improved. “

Since leaving the club, La Russa has been in Phoenix where he has undergone tests with doctors. There has been speculation that La Russa could be returning next week.

“I’ve always said we have a really good (coaching) staff,” La Russa said. “They have really bonded and picked each other up. Miguel is my contact person at least twice per day. “

–Field Level Media

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