CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa has left indefinitely while undergoing medical tests in Arizona, according to the team.
La Rosa, 77, missed Tuesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals after participating in regular pre-game activities. Within an hour of the first presentation, doctors advised him not to work.
“We were trying to figure out what was going on,” an outside player Andrew Fon He said. “They mentioned a few things, maybe his heart, or something like that.”
Substitute coach Miguel Cairo will continue to manage until La Rosa returns. He was on top of Tuesday’s 9-7 loss to the Royals, Chicago’s fifth straight defeat.
Cairo indicated that no incident occurred after the pre-match that prevented La Rosa from the measure. Instead, it was La Rosa’s doctors who reached out to him and asked him to step down.
“He was fine yesterday,” Cairo said before Wednesday’s match against the royal family. “He was fine. I spoke to him today. He was fine.”
The White Sox had a poor season to this point, slipping into the AL Central. They were overrun by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend and actually lost their season streak to the Royal Family.
La Rosa has borne the brunt of criticism for the team’s failure.
“We have to do it for him,” Cairo said. “He cares about this team. He really loves the Chicago White Sox. We have to do it for him.”
Cairo indicated that he would keep in touch with La Rosa on a daily basis, if possible. There is no timetable for his return.
“He works really hard,” Sincerely Kendall Grafman He said. “It means a lot to me as a player. He would show up every day and do his best and really chase after her every day.”
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