It is always tough news when you learn that one of your best players is out for a long time. That was the unfortunate reality for Chicago White Sox outfielder, Luis Robert. Robert had an injury to his hip when running out an infield single last weekend. It was announced that he would be sidelined from 12-16 weeks with the injury. The next question was whether or not Robert would need surgery. Well, the White Sox updated us with some good news on Friday afternoon.
Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox won’t need surgery for his recovery.
The White Sox revealing that after multiple consultations with specialists, they came to the decision that he will not have surgery. Rest and rehabilitation were described to be the best road to a full recovery. They also pointed out that they will provide an update on his progress in eight weeks. That is great news for an injury like this.
For one, it is great news for this season in a short scope. Surgery might make the recovery be just a bit longer. They said it would be 12-16 weeks initially regardless of the surgery decision but 12 weeks is wildly different than 16 weeks.
The second reason is that Robert might have a better chance to come back as good as new without surgery. The last thing they need is him losing any bit of the power or speed that makes him so electric. We can only hope that his return brings back the same Luis Robert that was really starting to come into his own. He has a chance to be a true superstar in this league.
How good is Robert? Well, he does literally everything well. He is as good of a defensive centerfielder as there is in the league and his bat is elite. He can hit for power and contact as well as run with elite speed. That is a lot to be missing if you are the White Sox right now but getting him back as good as new is very important.
Are they going to make a move in his absence? They might but it would be a short-term move because he is their guy. There aren’t many players in the world that can do what Luis Robert can. As long as they play their game while he is out they should be fine but they need him back to make an extended run in the postseason. Hopefully, his recovery goes as planned with rest and rehabilitation.