Luis Robert's thumb is giving him some trouble. Again.
Robert was sidelined for a big chunk of the 2018 season while battling a pair of thumb injuries, the initial issue caused by a slide into second base during a Cactus League game. Well, it's happened again, though to a seemingly lesser degree, as Robert jammed his thumb while attempting to steal second base during an intrasquad game at White Sox spring training.
OF prospect Luis Robert jammed left thumb. On slide in intrasquad game.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) March 5, 2019
Robert, stealing on his own, jammed left thumb on head first slide. Sox say it’s minor, say he’s expected back Thursday. Wearing an insert. Same thumb as last yr— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) March 5, 2019
Renteria on Robert: "Fortunately for us, it was jammed a little bit and he’s doing good. We are going to make sure he starts off everything well. We are just being very cautious."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) March 5, 2019
As you can see, the team is reporting this isn't a serious injury — like the one that kept Robert from making his 2018 season debut until June — and that Robert is expected back in the Cactus League lineup in a couple days.
Until then, though, White Sox fans can look on with confusion as to how Robert's thumb has become so perpetually endangered. Robert's aggressiveness on the bases and elsewhere is part of what makes him such an exciting player. But it seems a safe bet that part of the coaching he'll receive as he progresses through the White Sox system will have to do with his form as he's sliding into second base.
While Dane Dunning deals with forearm soreness and Luis Basabe recovers from a broken bone in his hand — and Michael Kopech and Micker Adolfo work back from last year's Tommy John surgeries — the last thing White Sox fans want to hear about is another injury to a prospect. Fortunately, for those on edge, Robert's doesn't seem to be a big deal.