La Russa back with White Sox, though not yet at helm

September 10th, 2022

OAKLAND -- The White Sox announced on Saturday that manager Tony La Russa has received medical clearance to travel to Oakland as the A's retire Dave Stewart's No. 34 on Sunday. La Russa has not yet been cleared to resume his managerial duties, but he will travel back to Chicago with the team after the series finale in Oakland.

La Russa, who led Stewart and the A's to three AL pennants and a World Series title during his stint as Oakland's manager from 1986-95, will participate in the pregame ceremony honoring Stewart.

"I'm excited to see him, and excited to hear that everything is well and he's healthy," acting manager Miguel Cairo said. "I'm excited to see him, and I know that the team is very excited to see him."

La Russa has been away from the White Sox since Aug. 30, when the team announced that he would not manage that evening's game against the Royals in order to undergo medical testing. Following further medical evaluation the next day, the team announced that La Russa would be away indefinitely.

Cairo, who normally serves as La Russa's bench coach, has led the White Sox to an 8-3 record in 11 games as Chicago's acting manager. That winning stretch has allowed the club to leapfrog the Twins and chip away at the Guardians' lead in the AL Central, which sat at 1 1/2 games over the White Sox entering play on Saturday.

Cairo dismissed the notion that the change in leadership has anything to do with the White Sox recent surge, saying that he expects the team to keep it going whenever La Russa is able to return.

"It should be the same," Cairo said. "They're playing good, they're having fun and they're going to continue having fun."