Chicago White Sox OF Luis Robert was injured over the weekend running to first base. At the time, it looked pretty bad and the White Sox are anticipating Robert will miss extended time due to a hip injury. The team is going to update us in a bit on Monday evening, so we’ll get more of a sense of the timeline. Right now, surgery is being considered, which could be the difference between an injured list stint and missing multiple months or even the rest of 2021.
UPDATE: White Sox GM Rick Hahn announced Robert will be held out of baseball activities for 12-16 weeks, which is basically 3-4 months. So that’s a pretty big timeline. If Robert returns on the early side, maybe he gets back into the lineup some time in late July or August. Worst case, Robert needs surgery and the recovery is longer. The back end of that timeline is Robert gets back some time in September before the end of the regular season.
Robert was off to a decent start to the season, batting .316 with a HR and 8 RBI through 95 ABs for an .822 OPS. The Cuban phenom was expected to have a breakout season in 2021 and now that could be in jeopardy if Robert is out long-term. The White Sox will also have a void in the OF and in the middle of the lineup. Leury Garcia has been filling in with Eloy Jimenez also sidelined due to injury. Garcia, Adam Eaton and rookie Andrew Vaughn should rotate in the OF along with speedster Billy Hamilton.
With World Series aspirations, potentially losing Robert and Jimenez to major injuries early on isn’t great. The ChiSox are +525 to win the American League pennant this season on DraftKings Sportsbook. Robert had been getting some minor action to win AL MVP before the season and through the first month. It’s hard to envision that happening with this injury and other candidates emerging. Unless Robert is OK and won’t miss too much time, his chances of winning AL MVP are slim.