Sox to recover Luis Robert on Monday against Twins originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Luis Robert returns.
the Chicago White Sox will welcome their center fielder from a three-month injury absence on Monday as they begin a three-game series against the division rivals Minnesota Twins in the land of 10,000 Lakes.
“Obviously yesterday went well, so officially he will be with us tomorrow,” said La Russa. “Guys are excited. We’re all excited.”
Robert tore his hip flexor in early May, one of a series of significant injuries that forced long layoffs for the White Sox starting position players, joining outfielder Eloy Jiménez and the player. second baseman Nick Madrigal and wide receiver Yasmani Grandal in this department. It looked like the large number of injuries could have derailed the White Sox’s plans to chase a championship in 2021.
But replacement players have helped keep those World Series hopes afloat, and now with Jiménez and Robert back in the middle of training – and Grandal expected to join them before the regular season is over – the White Sox could go up from contenders for favorites.
Robert is obviously thinking of giving a big boost, not only in training but in many facets of the game, a “Six tool player” who can make an impact with his bat, glove and legs.
“Having Luis Robert here is good,” Jiménez said on Sunday. “He’s one of the best players we have.”
As seen with Jiménez, who was briefly sidelined with a groin attack immediately upon returning from a months-long layoff, Robert could very well need to return to the big leagues. baseball. He’s just gone through a long rehab mission in the minor leagues, and Robert’s game, more than Jiménez’s, relies on his ability to use his legs to provide speed and agility.
Jiménez also took a long time to produce his typical offensive impact. Although it explodes a winning circuit in just his second return game, he’s just 6 for 29 since his return. Robert might also need some time to re-acclimatize.
“As a player, as a competitor, everyone wants to do their best and produce. Because (Jiménez and Robert), in particular, they will feel this need and this urgency to produce and to do good,” said White Sox first baseman José Abreu on Friday. the interpreter of the team Billy Russo. “It’s up to us to try to guide them and try to help them and just let them know, ‘You are going to do good. Just take your time. “”
It remains to be seen what kind of roster changes will be made with Robert making his return. The White Sox outfield will be crowded, although everyone has done well to contribute this season. With Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn set to split time between left field and DH and Robert set to resume his midfield duties, there will be fewer at-bat appearances for Adam Engel, Brian Goodwin, Gavin Sheets and Jake Lamb, as well as Billy Hamilton, who is currently on the injured list.
Engel’s offensive success this season could make him the most featured player in right field. But Goodwin declared his case to stay with a couple winning circuits last week. Hamilton’s speed is a game-changer and Sheets impressed on his first glimpse of the majors, although he might be the easiest to send to Triple-A Charlotte and return when the rosters briefly expand in early September.
Paired with the dazzling acquisition of closest-to-all-star Craig Kimbrel on the trade deadline, the White Sox will receive a double whammy of a boost in midsummer with returns from Jiménez, Robert and Grandal. That’s obviously huge for a team with the biggest divisional lead in baseball and hoping to peak at the right time, before October.
“We all know the quality of the players they are,” said Abreu. “It’s been a really tough season for us as a team, especially in the attacking part. Having everyone healthy and playing at the same time should be a very good thing for us, a plus for us, something. something that should take us to the end of the line. “