Luis Robert has come a long way since he tore his right hip flexor running to first base in a May 2 loss to the Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Soon after hitting the ground in pain and being helped to return to the White Sox clubhouse, Robert began to fear the worst.
“I have never suffered an injury as severe as this,” Robert said Monday through Sox translator Billy Russo. âMy first thought was, ‘Oh, that’s really bad. I don’t know if I’m going to come back this season.’ It was painful. But luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought at the start and when I heard the news I could come back this season, I felt a lot better. “
On June 29, Robert was cleared to resume his baseball activities at the White Sox training complex in Glendale, Arizona.
On Wednesday, he will begin a re-education mission in the minor leagues with low class A Winston-Salem.
âI am very happy with the process and the results I got,â said Robert. “I didn’t expect this process (to go) as fast as it started. That’s the good news. I’m just excited to start the rehabilitation process on Wednesday.”
Robert did not have hip flexor repair surgery, and the initial expectation was that he would be out for 3 to 4 months.
The 23-year-old outfielder appears to be at the forefront of this recovery schedule.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good over the last couple of weeks,” said Robert, who scored 0.316 / 0.359 /, 463 with 9 doubles, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 4 goals stolen in 25 games before getting injured. âAt first I was a little worried or scared because I wasn’t sure I was at full speed. But then I started to feel more comfortable, more secure on the leg and in this moment I feel pretty good. “
If Robert continues to move in the right direction on his rehab mission, he should be able to join the Sox roster at some point in the second week of August.
âI think the last test will be when I start a real game,â said Robert. “That’s when I’m going to see if the fear is there or not. For now, I’m just waiting for that Wednesday game and seeing what’s going on and how it’s going. Once I ‘Will play it, I can tell you how the fear factor is. “
His teammate and close friend Eloy Jimenez (ruptured left pectoral tendon) began his rehabilitation mission on July 10.
Jimenez has played 2 matches with Winston-Salem and played the last 5 with Class AAA Charlotte.
Jimenez and Robert’s return to the roster will further improve an already strong White Sox team.
âWe are very happy and excited,â said Robert. âWe know we’ll be back soon. We talk every day. We talk about the things we want to do once back and how important it is going to be for the team. Itâs going to be fun. come back and play here and help the team.
âIt was very important for the team and for us to see the guys playing good baseball, the team filled our void and produced and helped the team. It is a relief and it is a motivation for us.