(670 The Score) White Sox center fielder Luis Robert will be out for months after suffering a grade 3 strain of his right hip flexor, which represents a complete tear, general manager Rich Hahn said Monday evening.
Robert won't be allowed to resume baseball activities for 12 to 16 weeks, Hahn said, putting his entire season in jeopardy. Surgery is a possibility, though that hasn't been decided yet. Rest and rehab is the other option, and both have similar return timelines, Hahn said. Robert and the White Sox will decide whether surgery is needed after further evaluation.
Hahn stopped short of ruling Robert out for the full season, noting the earliest point of his timeline to return to baseball activities falls in early August. Robert would also need a rehab stint after getting back into the usual flow of baseball activities.
Robert exited in the first inning of a 5-0 loss to the Indians on Sunday after crumpling to the ground in pain after legging out an infield single. He had to be helped off the field while putting no weight on his right leg.
Robert, 23, is hitting .316 with one homer, eight RBIs, 11 runs, four steals and an .822 OPS in 25 games. He’s also one of the game’s premier defensive plays.
The White Sox have been hit hard by injuries in their outfield. Eloy Jimenez suffered a torn pectoral in spring training that’s expected to keep him out until at least late August and perhaps longer. Adam Engel also hasn’t yet appeared in a regular-season game due to a hamstring injury and is still weeks away from a return after suffering a setback recently.