The Chicago White Sox sure have been hit by the injury bug a little bit to start this season. We know that Eloy Jimenez is going to be out for a long time and then guys like Garrett Crochet and Adam Engel only have a few more days left being out. They have also seen guys like Lance Lynn and Tim Anderson take some time away. Well, things got even worse on Sunday when Luis Robert went down beating out an infield hit.
It looked very bad when he was helped off the field. He is the type of player that you would consider a game-changer so seeing him miss any time is bad let alone significant portions of the season. However, the damage isn’t as bad as it looked initially according to the team.
The Chicago White Sox avoided big problems with Luis Robert’s injury.
It came back as a right hip flexor strain. The X-Rays were negative and they are going to reevaluate him more on Monday. For the way he had to be helped off the field, that has to be looked at as a big relief based on the circumstances. Obviously, the best-case scenario would be no injury at all and he doesn’t miss a single game but that doesn’t seem realistic.
Tony La Russa confirmed that Robert will be hitting the Injured List. We hope that it only ends up being the ten-day and he is back in just under two weeks. Luis Gonzalez is going to come up and replace Robert on the depth chart. That is a significant downgrade but it will be on some other folks to step in and help. The good news is that La Russa also confirmed that Robert’s absence will not be like Eloy’s which is probably the best news of the day.
As you know by now, Robert is one of those talents that can impact the organization for the next decade or more. He is a five-tool player that will help them win so many baseball games when he is healthy. The most important thing for him now is getting himself ready to make a strong return.