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La Russa back with White Sox, though not yet at helm

7: 19 PM UTC

OAKLAND — The White Sox announced on Saturday that manager Tony La Russa has received medical clearance to go to Oakland because the A’s retire Dave Stewart’s No. 34 on Sunday. La Russa have not yet been cleared to resume his managerial duties, but he’ll travel back again to Chicago with the team following the series finale in Oakland.

La Russa, who led Stewart and the A’s to three AL pennants and a global Series title during his stint as Oakland’s manager from 1986-95, will take part in the pregame ceremony honoring Stewart.

“I’m excited to see him, and excited to listen to that everything is well and he’s healthy,” acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “I’m excited to see him, and I understand that the team is quite excited to see him.”

La Russa has been from the White Sox since Aug. 30, once the team announced he wouldn’t normally manage that evening’s game contrary to the Royals to be able to undergo medical testing. Following further medical evaluation the very next day, the team announced that La Russa will be away indefinitely.

Cairo, who normally serves as La Russa’s bench coach, has led the White Sox to an 8-3 record in 11 games as Chicago’s acting manager. That winning stretch has allowed the club to leapfrog the Twins and chip away at the Guardians’ lead in the AL Central, which sat at 1 1/2 games on the White Sox entering play on Saturday.

Cairo dismissed the idea that the change in leadership has anything regarding the White Sox recent surge, saying he expects the team to help keep it going whenever La Russa will be able to return.

“It must be exactly the same,” Cairo said. “They’re playing good, they’re having a great time and they’re likely to continue having a great time.”

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