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Tony La Russa Discusses Health Situation, “Insecure” About Return To White Sox

Tony La Russa Discusses Health Situation, “Insecure” About Return To White Sox
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White Sox manager Tony La Russa has been on health leave since August 30, but he met his team in person in Oakland this weekend. La Russa got permission from doctors to make the trip from his home in Arizona because La Russa wanted to be present when Dave Stewart had his track stopped by the track today.

Meeting with reporters (including Janie McCauley of The Associated Press and Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times) today, 77-year-old La Russa said it still “insecureas to whether or not he could return to the White Sox dugout.

I’m not going to be in uniform until [doctors] say it’s time to be in uniform‘ said LaRussa. “I don’t know if they want me in the park or not. The most important thing to me is that you don’t want to be a distraction. I don’t want to be a distraction. That’s why it’s best to let it run its course, and in the meantime [the team is] focus on the game they are playing.”

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The exact nature of La Russa’s health problem was unknown, but he told McCauley that he had a pacemaker inserted. The manager told the media that he also had a heart problem during Spring Training, and on August 30, doctors said “had some information they needed to address?about the issue that caused La Russa to immediately resign from the White Sox. “They solved it, now it’s just a matter of regaining strength… I solved my problem, I’m recovering‘ commented La Russa.

La Russa hasn’t gone away completely, as he said he still calls banking coach and acting manager Miguel Cairo several times a day. The Sox set a 9-3 record in the absence of La Russa, a wave has kept Chicago in the hunt for the AL Central title and on the brink of the wildcard race. Aside from three games against the Padres and four games against the leading Guardians, the White Sox have one of the easier remaining schedules of any team in baseball, making them a team to watch all the time.

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