OK, so, the big and unsurprising news:
#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
#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 singled to center to lead off the fourth inning, and in his other two at-bats had a line out to right and fielder’s choice to second base. It was on the latter play, in the top of the sixth. Now, this above tweet would lead you to believe Robert was removed from the game after beating out that grounder. The box score and play log say Robert scored later in the inning, when Connor Marabell tripled. I’m guessing it was the former, and the box score/log is in error, but either way, Robert is hurt again, with severity unknown but enough for him to not be active on Saturday.
In other White Sox prospect news, uninjured edition, four straight Chisox threw in the game, beginning with Tanner Banks, who threw a scoreless fourth and fifth, giving up two hits and a walk, striking out two. Zack Burdi came in for the sixth and was also scoreless, giving up a walk and notching a K.
Danny Dopico snapped the scoreless streak, however, getting knocked out of the box in the seventh after giving up two runs and recording just two outs. And the Saguaros runs didn’t come cheaply:
- Julio Pablo Martinez singled to right.
- Dopico got his first out on a sharp line out to center from Nick Heath.
- Martinez stole second.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled sharply to left, scoring Martinez. Vlad gambled on a throw home, but the ball was cut off and he was thrown out at second.
- Bryan Reynolds was hit by a pitch.
- Lane Thomas walked.
With that, fellow Sox prospect Zach Thompson rescued Dopico and induced the third out on a foul pop.
Thompson pitched into the eighth, sandwiching two ground outs around a double and a wild pitch.
Hopefully, Robert was removed after a full day’s work for mere precautionary reasons. We’ll update if there’s something uglier to report, but otherwise expect Robert back in action when games resume Monday.