Coverage of spring training “B” games can be spotty, but today several outlets were all on the scene with good stories.
Daryl Van Schouwen at the Sun-Times made the most solid contact, however, with a detailed, even artful, take on the proceedings between the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres at Peoria. The S-T also boasted interesting photo coverage of the type of game rarely so documented.
Using Van Schouwen’s story as a stepping-off point, let’s take a run through the Camelback Ranch M*A*S*H corps for a full injury report.
The big news of the day was a glove slap dealt to Luis Robert. Not quite as absurd as The Simpsons’ take, but given the source of the slap, whoa nelly, it really was nearly as ludicrous.
After an RBI double and ground out in his first two at-bats, Robert walked on his third trip and took off on a steal attempt. At second, Padres shortstop —oh, dear God — Fernando Tatis Jr. struck Robert with a hard tag on the helmet.
Robert was called safe, but: Insult, meet injury.
“He rung his bell a little bit,’’ said Renteria, who said his level of concern was minimal as Robert sat there.
“He rung his bell he wanted to kind of recover. As soon as I said ‘I’m going to take you out’ he stood up, ‘no you’re not.’ I said, ‘Yeah we’re going to take you out, make sure you’re OK.’ ’’
Putting aside Renteria’s rather hilarious depiction of Robert as a sort of Daffy Duck, refusing to give in, in the face of certain defeat, it has not been a kind spring to White Sox blue-chippers.
Chris Kuc at the Trib provided a bit of a blow-by-blow of the early going in a solid story that may or may not have been tweeted out by the mothership in a fantastical fashion.
- Eloy Jimenez, day-to-day with left knee soreness.
- Micker Adolfo, restricted to DH duty by a pinhole UCL tear and tendon tear.
- Jake Burger, out until spring training 2019 with a left Achilles’ tear.
Adolfo went 0-for-2 with a walk vs. the Padres, and was, per Kuc, just happy his baseball career has lived to see another sunny spring day:
“I was seeing the ball well. I just have to get my rhythm and timing again and I’ll be fine. My elbow felt great. I didn’t feel pain and I’m just happy to be playing again.”
With any luck, Robert’s rock ’em, sock ’em recovery will be just as smooth as his offensive transition has been so far in camp (“I felt good, comfortable and relaxed at the plate,” Robert said Thursday, post-smelling salts.).
At this juncture, the White Sox are owed at least that.