(Updates at the bottom of this post)
Listen, I’m no fan of the White Sox, and I’ve never been particularly fond of Tony La Russa, as an individual, a manager, or as the choice to lead an up-and-coming White Sox team. But this is never what you want to see: Tony La Russa, 77, is not managing tonight’s White Sox game at the direction of his doctors.
Here’s the White Sox statement, which doesn’t reveal much.
Bench coach Miguel Cairo will take over in his absence, and La Russa is expected to seek further medical testing in Chicago tomorrow. Hopefully, it’s not too serious.
Update: I don’t know how much this tells if, if anything at all, but here’s some additional context:
Update 2: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported this afternoon that Tony La Russa will be out indefinitely while he undergoes further testing with his personal doctors in Arizona. The White Sox have not released any official statement at this point, but we know that Nightengale is pretty cozy with the White Sox front office.