The Chicago White Sox lost Luis Robert to a wrist injury on Friday night. He hurt it sliding headfirst into second base on a controversial play where the Detroit Tigers defender blocked the bag with his entire leg. X-Rays were negative and it was diagnosed as a sprained wrist.
After the White Sox defeated the Tigers on Sunday to complete the sweep (their second game without Robert), Tony La Russa was asked about it and he gave an honest answer. He told the media that if he is not ready on Monday, he will be shortly after.
He also confirmed that he does not see an IL stint coming for Robert which is the important thing. The White Sox would do it if he was going to be out long so that they can get another player on the roster. He remains day-to-day.
Tony has had an awful year as the manager of this team but he is very good at providing honest updates on the players with injuries. It might be true or it might not but he always seems to tell everyone what he knows about this stuff in real-time.
The Chicago White Sox needs to get Luis Robert back as soon as possible.
If the White Sox ever needed Robert back at full strength, it is right now. Their stretch against teams with bad records is over. They welcome the Houston Astros to Guaranteed Rate Field this week which is one of the best teams in Major League Baseball.
Robert’s power, ability to play the outfield, speed, and overall smart game are something that the White Sox could use against a team like that. It is obvious that the White Sox aren’t as good as them right now but they need to bring their best against them.
They are within a couple of games of a playoff spot right now and having one of their best players back will certainly help them with this race. With some of the other guys in the lineup starting to get hot, having Robert there to help them will go a long way.
This team has dealt with health problems all season long. Getting a break with this injury scare is just what the White Sox needed. Hopefully, it ends up actually being the case and Robert is back this week early.