Luis Robert, who led the White Sox by 6 homeruns while finishing second with a stroke average of .285 and 17 RBI en route to Tuesday’s game, has been placed on the COVID-19-related injury.
The center-back is likely to be out of the game until next Tuesday, when the Sox open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
“Unfortunately, he suffers from mild COVID symptoms,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “The good news is that he’s been vaccinated, so hopefully his experience is relatively mild throughout, and we’ll have him back at some point very soon next week.”
Robert is definitely going to miss the current three-game series against the Red Sox, and he is not expected to play on Saturday or Sunday when the Cubs visit the Guaranteed Rate Field.
Lynn, Jimenez updates:
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, injured starting pitcher Lance Lynn threw live batting training, and injured left-back Eloy Jimenez was one of the batsmen.
By the end of the week, Lynn and Jimenez could be teammates with Class AAA Charlotte on rehab assignments.
Lynn underwent surgery on April 5 to repair a tendon in his right knee. Jimenez had a similar procedure on April 26th.
After joining the White Sox last week, Johnny Cueto started his first two starts on the road, putting together 12 pointless innings against the Royals and Yankees.
Cueto’s next scheduled start is Saturday, against the Cubs to Guaranteed Rate Field.
“He’s been sensational,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of the 36-year-old right-handed player. “It’s been fun watching him pitch, the way he disrupts timing, the way he shows different arm angles. It’s all entertaining, not just because of the zeros, but because of the show he puts on every time.”
Before the White Sox took punch training Tuesday afternoon, Cueto ran steps into the top deck.
“It’s also part of the Johnny Cueto experience,” Hahn said. “He’s an intense competitor, obviously a very intelligent pitcher from what you’ve seen on the pitch. But in the clubhouse and in the training room he’s too much business. In those three hours you can get some laughs along the way from how he messes up. with hitters, but it’s all part of a larger plan and maintenance program that he takes extremely seriously. “
On its way into Tuesday, the White Sox were last in the major leagues in walks (90) and near the bottom in on-base percentage (0.290).
“It’s not us,” said GM Rick Hahn. “I think it will normalize over the course of the season. We have had a sharp drop in our walking speed. The players have not changed dramatically. If anything, the level of maturity, one would expect it to improve and I think it’s getting better over the summer. “
When Luis Robert went on the COVID-19 list, Jake Burger was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take his position on the list.
Burger hit .239 / .276 / .352 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBIs in 21 games with the Sox before being selected for Charlotte on May 9th.