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Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert has a torn right hip flexor and will be out three to four months whether he needs surgery or not, the team announced Monday.
A team statement said Robert was examined at Rush University Medical Center, “and a scan showed a grade 3 strain (complete tear) of the hip flexor. Further consultation and examination in the coming days will determine if surgery or rest and rehabilitation is needed for recovery. He will not participate in baseball activities for 12-16 weeks, regardless of the determination.”
It’s another major loss for the Sox, who already are without starting left fielder Eloy Jimenez.
Robert suffered the injury in the first inning Sunday against the Cleveland Indians when he raced to first for an infield hit. He fell after crossing the bag and had to be helped off the field.
Robert, 23, makes a big impact offensively and defensively. He is slashing .316/.359/.463 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs in 25 games.
He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2020 and won the AL Gold Glove Award for center fielders.
The Sox are now without two-thirds of their starting outfield. Jimenez has been out since the final week of spring training with a ruptured left pectoral tendon. His recovery time was five to six months.
Outfielder Adam Engel is also on the injured list with a strained right hamstring.
Possible options in center field include Leury García, Billy Hamilton and Luis González.