White Sox prospect Luis Robert headed to the Arizona Fall League to get more playing time after injuries limited to 50 games in 2018.
He just got hurt in the Arizona Fall League.
Robert is playing with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL and left Friday's game with an injury.
#WhiteSox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert, who hit this single to lead off the 4th, was helped off the field by trainers after running out a fielder's choice in the 7th. https://t.co/bmWSK3oVMg pic.twitter.com/7ziwV17Re9— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 12, 2018
It's not clear what the injury was, but Robert walked off on his own power. He also has pulled out of the Bowman Hitting Challenge (a modified home run derby) that will take place Saturday.
#WhiteSox OF Luis Robert, who left today's AFL game with trainers after running out a fielder's choice, has been removed from tomorrow's Bowman Hitting Challenge. Laz Rivera will take his place as the @WhiteSox's representative.— William Boor (@wboor) October 13, 2018
Robert, the No. 4 White Sox prospect and No. 44 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was 1-for-3 in Friday's game before exiting. He has hit safely in all four games in the AFL, going 5-for-17 (.294) with a walk and three strikeouts, but no extra base hits.
The 21-year-old is the third youngest player on the team and the AFL is a respected offseason league for prospects. A good showing from Robert would be a sign that he is beginning to develop his talent into playable tools.
The injury could be minor so no need to ring the alarm bells yet, but the AFL season is barely more than a month long. Even a short-term injury could prevent him from making up for some of the lost playing time from the 2018 minor league season.