Fans were left concerned after the Chicago White Sox announced that Tony La Russa will be taking some time away to undergo medical testing. It is unclear what exactly is causing this absence, but it will require him to at least miss the upcoming game against the Kansas City Royals. La Russa is a Hall of Fame manager who came out of retirement in 2021, after 10 years away from the MLB.
While the team has failed to live up to expectations this season, La Russa is a widely respected manager. While playoff hopes for the Chicago White Sox are still alive, they are unlikely to get there this season.
The White Sox announced La Russa's time away from the team and his temporary replacement via Twitter.
Miguel Cairo is more than capable of this interim role and should be able to lead the team well. This is one of the rare moments where fans take a step back from the game and think of the individual, not just the manager.
As mentioned in the statement above from the Chicago White Sox, an update is expected sometime tomorrow.
News like this often causes fans to appreciate what they have while they have it.
Tony La Russa is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame and deserves to take all the time he needs to fully recover.
The vagueness of the announcement has some fans concerned. While they are likely simply respecting his privacy, it has led to an unfortunate amount of baseless speculation. Hopefully, this is a precaution taken due to a minor issue, and La Russa can get back to the ballpark quickly.
It can be difficult for a team to refocus and play a game after news like this, which makes Miguel Cairo's job even harder.
Kansas City Royals fans were sure to send their well wishes as well.
The Chicago White Sox will need to put their managers' health issues aside for one game when they take on the Royals.
Tony La Russa's return to the Chicago White Sox has been a mixed bag
In his first year back with the team, Tony La Russa led the White Sox to a first-place finish in the American League Central. Going into his second season with the team, expectations were much higher. While those expectations are not being hit and the team will likely miss the playoffs, they could still finish above .500.
All of us here at Sportskeeda wish a speedy recovery to legendary manager Tony La Russa.