The White Sox are placing center fielder Luis Robert on the injured list with flu-like symptoms, general manager Rick Hahn told James Fegan of The Athletic and other reporters. Robert will undergo further testing to determine how much time he’ll miss. The team is recalling right-hander Alex McRae to take Robert’s roster spot.
Robert burst on the scene in 2020 as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate and a Gold Glove winner, and he got off to a nice start this season before this illness cropped up. The 23-year-old has slashed .305/.356/.463 with a home run and four steals in 90 plate appearances, and has cut his strikeout rate by almost 7 percent since last season.
Robert will be a difficult player for the White Sox to go without, considering he has started all 21 of their games in center this year. The White Sox will start Leury Garcia there on Tuesday against the Tigers, and they also recalled Luis Gonzalez for depth purposes.