White Sox manager La Russa out indefinitely due to unspecified medical issue

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The Chicago White Sox have confirmed manager Tony La Russa is out indefinitely as he undergoes further medical tests.

La Russa was not present for Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Kansas City Royals after participating in pregame activities, with doctors advising him to step away from the evening game.

The 77-year-old, who was re-appointed White Sox manager in October 2020, will be absent for an indefinite time following a Wednesday morning medical evaluation requiring further testing over the coming days. The medical issue remains unspecified.

"His absence from the club will be indefinite pending the results of these evaluations," the White Sox said in a statement.

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will lead the White Sox, who have had an underwhelming season with a 63-66 record in the American League Central, in La Russa's absence.

"He was fine yesterday," Cairo said prior to Wednesday's game against the Royals. "He was feeling fine. I talked to him today. He was fine."