Cuban outfielder Luis Robert Jr., the sole representative of the Chicago White Sox in the 2023 All-Star Game, will unfortunately have to sit out the game due to a calf injury sustained during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday.
Robert initially reported a tight right calf during the first round of the Derby, where he impressively launched 28 home runs to defeat the Orioles’ Adley Rutschman in overtime. Despite this, he persevered and made it to the semifinals, where he hit another remarkable 22 homers. However, Randy Arozarena from the Rays emerged victorious with a score of 35-22, ending Robert’s Derby journey.
Following the Derby, Robert underwent an MRI examination in Seattle. The White Sox have stated that his situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis. To prioritize his recovery and as a preventive measure, Robert will miss the All-Star Game. He will undergo re-evaluation before the start of the second half of the season on Friday in Atlanta.
Robert has been exceptional for the White Sox this season, currently ranking third in the major leagues with 26 home runs. His contributions have been invaluable, as he boasts an impressive batting average of .271, an on-base percentage of .330, a slugging percentage of .569, 51 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. These outstanding numbers have greatly contributed to the White Sox’s solid presence in the AL Central, where they currently hold the fourth position.