04/10/2002 6:58 pm ET
La Russa returns to dugout
Manager back after death of father
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was back at the helm Wednesday, one day after learning of the death of his father. La Russa did not manage the club on Tuesday, giving way to third-base coach Jose Oquendo and pitching coach Dave Duncan.
La Russa said that he watched St. Louis' win over Milwaukee on television from his office in Busch Stadium. He did not have any involvement in managing the team, leaving all the decisions to Oquendo and Duncan.
"I just couldn't handle the dugout," he said Wednesday. "It would have been a disservice to the people I'm responsible to."
The skipper was pleased with the men who took his place. When asked about their performance, he simply said, "6-5," referring to the final score of the game.
La Russa will remain with the club through Friday's home game against the Houston Astros. He will miss Saturday's game against Houston to attend the services in Tampa, Fla., for Anthony La Russa Sr. The manager expects to be back with the team for Sunday's game with the Astros.
Matthew Leach covers the Cardinals for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.