Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda hospitalized, but could be released soon.

A Dodgers spokesperson said that Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is “doing fine” after spending about a week in the hospital with back and shoulder issues. Lasorda could be released from the hospital as early as tomorrow, according to the club.

Lasorda, 89, has not attended either Game 3 or 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers’ media guide lists Lasorda as a special advisor to chairman Mark Walter.

Watch: Mike Piazza thanks Dodgers organization in Hall of Fame induction speech.

In his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday, former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza said he “will always be truly grateful” to the organization that drafted him and employed him from 1988 to 1998.

Piazza thanked Tommy Lasorda, his first owner, Walter O’Malley, former hitting coach Reggie Smith and former Dodgers teammate Eric Karros, among others he singled out by name.

Lasorda sat in attendance with the other Hall of Famers as Piazza rattled off some fond memories of his first manager:

“You always sent me baseball equipment when I needed it,” Piazza said, “you convinced the Dodgers to draft me, you gave me big league at-bats in spring training when I was a big wide-eyed kid out of junior college, you went to bat for me when I walked away from the game, you convinced the Dodgers to let a very popular catcher in Mike Scioscia go so that a veteran pitching staff would know I was their catcher my rookie year.”

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Clayton Kershaw is not Tommy Lasorda’s National League MVP.

Tommy Lasorda

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda tends to speak his mind with a microphone in his face.

Tommy Lasorda doesn’t have an MVP vote. If he did, the former Dodgers manager — and former pitcher — wouldn’t vote for Clayton Kershaw.

Considering his effervescent love for all things Dodgers, it was a surprising sentiment from the 87-year-old Hall of Famer.

The question arose Monday when Todd Hollandsworth — who won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1996, when he played for Lasorda — was interviewing Lasorda for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

“We know how obviously talented [Kershaw] is but there’s a debate that still exists,” Hollandsworth said. “Do you think a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw, of his ability, should win the MVP Award? Should he be considered for the MVP or just the Cy Young?”

“No, I don’t think so,” Lasorda replied. “I don’t think pitchers should win the MVP Award. I think pitchers should win the pitching award, the Cy Young Award, but not the MVP because he only goes out there every four or five games. The other guys go out there every day and that makes a big difference in that award. I think it should be set that pitchers should not get the Most Valuable Player.”

The MVP award winners from both leagues will be announced Thursday.