MAY 3, 5:05pm: Robert has a Grade 3 hip flexor strain, which is a complete tear, general manager Rick Hahn told Scott Merkin of MLB.com and other reporters. The White Sox will determine how to proceed with Robert in the coming days, but they announced he’ll go 12 to 16 weeks without baseball activities. That would seem to put Robert’s season in jeopardy, but they’re not ready to rule out a return yet.
4:31pm: Robert will sit out for “an extended period of time,” Bruce Levine of 670 The Score tweets. The team has considered surgery for Robert, and there should be more on his status soon.
MAY 2, 3:40pm: White Sox manager Tony La Russa told Fegan (Twitter links) and other reporters that Robert will be placed on the injured list. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez will get the call to replace Robert on the active roster.
1:02pm: The White Sox are holding their breath after Luis Robert fell to the ground after running through first base today (video provided here by Ben Verlander of Fox Sports). Robert had to be helped off the field, per the Athletic’s James Fegan (via Twitter). That’s potentially devastating news for the White Sox, who are already without his running mate in the outfield, Eloy Jimenez. Supersub Leury Garcia took over in centerfield for the White Sox.
Initial X-rays are negative, however. The White Sox are saying Robert has a right hip flexor strain, and he will be looked at again tomorrow, per Fegan (via Twitter). That’s hardly definitive, but it’s good news for the time being. Robert could still end up missing time, but they seem to have avoided the worst.
Without Robert, Garcia figured to get much of the playing time in center. Billy Hamilton is also on the roster and likely to see time in the grass.