White Sox manager Tony La Russa remains out indefinitely with an unspecified medical issue

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Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa will stay away from the club indefinitely while dealing with an unspecified medical issue, the team announced on Saturday. La Russa was, however, allowed to travel to Oakland to participate in Dave Stewart’s jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday.

Bench coach Miguel Cairo has served as caretaker manager during La Russa’s absence and the White Sox are on the rise, winning eight of 11 games under Cairo. Chicago enters Saturday with a 71-68 record. They are 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central, the closest to first place since Aug. 16.

La Russa has come under fire for Chicago’s generally disappointing season, though there’s been no indication that a managerial change is on the horizon. White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf brought La Russa back to the organization before last season and essentially picked him for the job.

La Russa, 77, is 164-137 (.545) in his second stint as White Sox manager. He also managed the club from 1979 to 1986 before joining the Oakland Athletics (1986-95) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1996-2011). La Russa won the 1989 World Series with the A’s and coached Stewart during his period of dominance from 1987 to 1990.

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