The White Sox announced Monday that they reinstated the center fielder. Louis robert off the 60-day disabled list. Outfielder / First Base Gavin sheets he was selected to Triple-A Charlotte to open a spot on the active roster. Minor league outfielder Luis Gonzalez was released to open a spot on the 40-man list.
Gonzalez’s release may initially surprise some fans given his position as one of the organization’s top 10 to 20 prospects in recent years, but he’s scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, The Athletic’s James Fegan . tweets. Injured players cannot be placed on absolute exemptions, so the team’s only recourse was to release Gonzalez or add him to the MLB list and place him on the MLB 60-day injured list. The Sox will go the old route and presumably look to re-sign him with a new minor league contract, as is fairly common in these cases.
As for the dynamic Robert, he will return after missing more than three months due to a sustained grade 3 hip flexor in early May. The injury initially required a 12-16 week rehab period, and he will return at the shorter end of that schedule. Robert appeared in a dozen minor league rehab games, four in Advanced Class A and eight in Triple-A, and posted a combined .268 / .388 / .390.
24-year-old Robert won a Gold Glove and finished second Kyle lewis in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. He has played in 81 major league games to this point in his young career, hitting .259 / .320 / .444 with 12 homers, 17 doubles, a triple and 13 steals (on 16 attempts). Strikeouts have been a problem (30.6 percent), but Robert has been considered an elite prospect since leaving Cuba and signing with the Red Sox for a $ 26 million bonus (which came with a $ 26 overage penalty). million for Chicago, whose bonus bonus was just north of $ 2.9 million at the time). He then signed a six-year, $ 50 million contract extension with a couple of club options before even gearing up for his first major league game.
The White Sox lost Robert and Eloy Jimenez early in the 2021 season, but nonetheless they have been able to crush a weak American Central League, building a 10.5-game lead over the Indians in second place as of this writing. With Robert and Jiménez now back from injury and Craig kimbrel At the back of the bullpen, the South Siders are as strong as they have been at any point this season. The division title has long seemed like a foregone conclusion, but the return of its promising young outfielders and some key picks at the deadline have better positioned the Red Sox as a postseason threat.