The Chicago White Sox are in big trouble. We knew it wasn’t good when they announced that Rick Hahn is going to have a press conference to address the Luis Robert news. He had an injury yesterday that led to him being carried off the field. The White Sox came back after the game and said that x-rays were negative.
After today’s evaluation, they learned that it was a grade three hip flexor tear which means it was a complete tear. He is going to miss a very long time as a result. We don’t know if it is going to need surgery or just rehab but he will not participate in baseball activities for 12-16 weeks, regardless of the decision. It is a tough blow to a team that could really use him.
It is even worse when you think about the fact that Eloy Jimenez is also going to miss most of the season with his injury. Adam Engel will come back somewhat soon but he isn’t Jimenez or Robert. This, when you think about it, is as bad as any injury the White Sox have ever had in terms of what it means going forward.
You would think that the White Sox go out and make a trade to address the new hole in the lineup. There are plenty of options out there across Major League Baseball but hardly any of them will even come close to what Robert brings to the table.
Robert is the reigning American League Gold Glove winner for centerfield so you know he is an elite fielder. He is also hitting .316/.359.463 with an OPS of .822. He is an elite player all around and he hasn’t even played a full season yet. He is going to get even better which is scary for the rest of the league.
The problem now with him is his health. If he is able to rehab strong (with or without surgery), he will come back as good as new. When he gets back, this team believes that it can be a World Series level team so there is something to look forward to for him. The hard part will be treading water while some of these guys get healthy again. This one stings.