Tony La Russa will not return as manager of Chicago White Sox this season, team says

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Tony La Russa won't return to the dugout this season, the team announced Saturday.

La Russa, 78, has been advised by his doctors not to manage again in 2022. He has been out since late August with a heart ailment, and after undergoing additional testing and medical procedures over the past week, it was determined he should not return.

It's not clear if La Russa will manage the White Sox next season. By all accounts, the team has underachieved this year, which has included another season of injuries to key players.

"Right now the focus is on his health," general manager Rick Hahn said when asked if La Russa still wants to manage.

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will continue as acting manager as the White Sox are on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason, having lost their past four games, including three to division-leading Cleveland.

Cairo said he spoke to La Russa for about 15 minutes on Friday night, and he was doing well. When asked if he wants the managerial job, Cairo said he is focused on the current season.

"Right now we've got 11 more games," Cairo said. "I don't know what's going to happen. He's got one more year" on his contract.

La Russa came out of retirement to rejoin Chicago last season and led the White Sox to the playoffs.

The Hall of Fame manager shared specifics of the procedure with the Associated Press this month. He said he was grateful to have had what he considered a relatively "simple" heart issue.

"Health is nothing to mess with," La Russa said. "So I got checked in Chicago and the reason that I flew to Arizona is that's been the place since the '90s I've had my physicals. They addressed it, they fixed it and now it's just a question of regaining strength."

Additionally, the White Sox placed outfielder Luis Robert on the injured list with a left wrist sprain, an injury which has been nagging him for over a month.

Right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly was reinstated from the Family Medical Leave list while outfielder Mark Payton was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Reliever Tanner Banks was optioned to Triple-A as well.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.