Tony La Russa's second stint as White Sox manager has come to an end.
The Hall of Fame skipper officially announced Monday that he is stepping away from the team and won't return in 2023. La Russa, whose 2022 return had already been ruled out, has been sidelined since Aug. 30 following an issue with his pacemaker. On Monday, he revealed the "implementation" of a "corrective plan" for a second health issue previously known to La Russa and the White Sox but not publicized.
"During an annual private exam after the first of the year, a second health issue also was diagnosed. I decided to delay confronting it until the offseason," La Russa explained in a statement. "While I was inactive with the pacemaker, the second issue was analyzed. The result is that a corrective plan has been developed by my medical team and implementation has begun. I informed the White Sox of this second issue while I was out of uniform dealing with the pacemaker. As I have stated previously, I continue to request privacy related to my health issues and appreciate those who have respected that request. My overall prognosis is good, and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with well wishes related to my health."