Luis Robert could be roughly four weeks out from a rehab assignment, per The Athletic’s James Fegan (via Twitter). Assuming all goes well for Robert — a significant assumption this far out — and the White Sox could hope to have their star centerfielder back in the lineup for the stretch run late in August. The club itself has not put an exact timetable on his return, however. Still, an update of any kind is a positive sign for the first-place Sox. If Robert avoids any hiccups in the next few weeks, the White Sox could be emboldened enough to stick with their current roster, rather than make a move to add another centerfielder before the deadline. In the meantime,Brian Goodwin has been the latest replacement to man center, joining Billy Hamilton and Adam Engel as fill-ins.
Elsewhere in the American League, there were a couple notable injuries in last night’s games to check in on…
- The Astros/Orioles game saw a couple of pitchers leave early due to injury. Both starters, Jose Urquidy and Travis Lakins, left their respective outings in the second inning. The Orioles expect to have the results of an MRI on Lakins sometime today, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Lakins was making his first start of the season.
- As for Urquidy, he left with shoulder discomfort after 1 2/3 innings. For those wondering if this was a return of the shoulder discomfort that sidelined Urquidy for a couple weeks in May, that does not appear to be the case. The pain that forced Urquidy from Tuesday’s start was in a different area than his prior injury, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Urquidy has been a big part of the Astros’ strong first half, pitching to a 3.38 ERA/4.00 FIP across 14 starts while totaling 77 1/3 innings — more than five innings per outing.
Get well soon, La Pantera! We need you buddy.
Big win for the ChiSox to possibly get 4-6 weeks of Robert before the post-season.
That injury looked brutal, but he is an insane athlete so maybe that helped with his recovery. Whatever the case, two big bats on the mend in an easy division must make south siders pretty darn happy.
Such an insane athlete, yet he gets injured running to first base?
Yea what a bum. Like Trout getting injured running the bases on a pop out right. What weak kids playing this sport today.
You root for the Tribe and you are running your mouth on injuries? Ok lol.
So by your logic Josh Naylor is not an athlete?
No, by his logic Josh Naylor is not an, “insane athlete”, which I’d say is probably a fair evaluation of his athleticism.
I’m still hoping for a little help via trade, someone who’s a bigger impact than Escobar. Even if Escobar is who they wind up getting, with Robert, Engel, and Eloy in the OF, Grandal at C, Abreu, Escobar, TA, and Moncada in the IF, and Collins/Vaughn at DH, that’s a pretty dang good lineup.
I’m not counting on Robert or Eloy until I see them in the lineup. Even then, I’ll be holding my breath when they’re in motion.
Reasonable position to have. If confident enough with Eloy’s condition latter part of July (to full-time DH please), maybe they can trade Mercedes as an appealing low cost secondary piece to get a decent bullpen arm.
I’m glad Eloy’s coming back sooner. I feel he’ll need to work a little more on his swing after that type of injury. There’s also the possibility the Sox leave Vaughn in the OF and make Eloy a DH as a precaution.
Vaughn has done a fine job out in left and I’m good with him staying there. I believe as time goes on he’ll only get better at that position. Personally I don’t think they need to do too much by the deadline as long as the kids can toe the line. Although it’d be nice if they could pick up Cedric Mullins somehow. He’d fit in nicely with this team.
Robert has a lot of potential, but I think we are using the word “star” a bit loosely. The guy has played 81 total games in the majors with a 109 OPS+ or 2.6 WAR if that is your stat of choice. It’s not bad, it’s a good rookie season, but I don’t think it gets him to “star centerfielder” status just yet.
That puts him on an over 5 WAR full season pace, which accounts for defense and base running as well.
Sure seems to be star potential to me if he’s putting up All-Star value with plenty of room to grow.
Do people on here actually read the comments that they’re replying to, or is reading comprehension just that bad?
Not only has he never put up those kind of numbers consistently, he hasn’t even done it for a full season. So sure, he has star protentional, the post you’re replying to actually mentions that he has a lot of potential. Having potential and actually realizing it are not the same thing. Hiflew absolutely has a valid point that calling Robert a star at this point in his career is probably premature.
Geeze, rough day at the office?
Robert did play a full season (it’s not his fault it was shortened) while picking up where he left off and then some this year before the injury. He also established himself as a proven prospect with top pedigree performing at each level despite being among the youngest players.
Maybe you and the commentor need further proof, but the author, myself and likely the majority of readers would be comfortable calling Robert a “star”.
He’s an elite defender, he’s fast, and he’s already putting up good offensive stats. But whatever.
5.2 WAR pace despite an absolutely horrible second month? Yeah, I’ll take that. He may not become Trout or Acuna, but with a little growth, he’s a perennial All-Star with superstar potential.
Robert is young and will heal fast, but they need to be really careful with him. The fact that the team has still been competing despite all the injuries is due to our great starting pitching, so hopefully they keep that in mind and don’t trade any away. Lynn and Rodon could be gone next year.
I agree, they shouldn’t touch their rotation, current or future (i.e. Kopech and Crochet). I’d rather they sit on their hands and roll with what they have the rest of the year than to trade any of those 7. If they are able to get both Eloy and Robert back by Sept 1 (enormous if on both), they could be a scary team to face in the playoffs.
I expect Robert and Eloy to struggle in Sept (if they are healthy by then), because they will have to shake the rust off. But I would think a month in MLB, combined with another month in rehab assignment, would be enough to shake that rust off.
By no means am I penciling either into the lineup in Sept/Oct. Too much can happen between now and then. But at least the possibility is real that either/both can meaningfully contribute in Oct.
I’m doing the Orioles on mlb the show 21 ps4 we are right now 12-6 0.5 games out who should I ask for in a trade
And who should I give up prospect wise
Ask for Babe Ruth, I hear he is good. Give up posting on this forum.