Though we haven’t gotten much information on Tony La Russa’s health, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, it appears La Russa could be back in uniform with the team as soon as this week. La Russa is hoping to be back in the dugout, based on the timeline, by the time the team returns home for their series against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Specifics of Tony La Russa’s medical symptoms, including conditions that would necessitate further medical testing, still have not been confirmed by the team. However, Heyman included in his report that La Russa is hoping to attend Dave Stewart’s jersey retirement in Oakland on Sunday before beginning to manage the White Sox again the following week. Heyman also noted that friends of La Russa say that the 77-year-old manager “is going to be OK.”
Interim manager Miguel Cairo has gone 6-3 this season in La Russa’s absence, including a come-from-behind win on Wednesday afternoon to win a series against one of the hottest teams in baseball in the Seattle Mariners.
La Russa is in the second year of a three-year contract with the team, and by all accounts, the team is expecting him to return next season if the club makes the playoffs. However, it has previously been reported that La Russa could be “reassigned” within the organization should the club miss the postseason. It remains to be seen how this situation affects his long-term health and ability to manage.
As further information is made public, we will provide additional updates.
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