Tony La Russa hasn't been medically cleared yet, isn't expected to be at ballpark as White Sox host Guardians in pivotal series

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(670 The Score) White Sox manager Tony La Russa still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to return to the dugout, and he isn’t expected to be at Guaranteed Rate Field as Chicago hosts Cleveland in a pivotal three-game series this week, acting manager Miguel Cairo said.

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La Russa, 77, has been on a medical leave of absence since Aug. 30. He dealt with a heart issue, which he has since said was addressed but which will require time for him to recover. La Russa watched a recent White Sox homestand from a suite at Guaranteed Rate Field, but it doesn’t sound like that’s in the plans this week.

“We don’t expect to see him in this series,” Cairo said. “We’ll just see what’s going to happen. The doctors haven’t given him clearance yet (to manage).”

Cairo continues to stay in contact with La Russa regularly.

“I talk to him every day,” Cairo said. “I always talk to him. I talked to him yesterday. I talk to him every day. The experience he has in unbelievable. We always talk.”

The White Sox trail the AL Central-leading Guardians by four games as they open a three-game series Tuesday.

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