Luis Robert looking to stay healthy for the White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Prospects and preseason picks have yet to be released for the 2022 Major League Baseball season, with the lockdown recently ending Thursday and so many key players still available through free agency or trade.

But when the pundits issue these predictions and predictions, White Sox center back Luis Robert will see his name mentioned more than once when it comes to American League Most Valuable Player. Robert is the definition of a five-tool player, capable of executing line drives into the gap with relative ease and then blasting a 400-foot homer on his next at-bat.

Health is apparently the biggest stumbling block on the 24-year-old’s road to stardom. Robert suffered a torn right hip flexor while hitting an infield single in the first inning of a 5-0 home loss to Cleveland on May 2 last season, being ruled gap until August 9. He came back with two hits against the Twins at Target Field and reduced .350/.389/.622 with 12 home runs, 35 RBIs and 31 runs scored in his last 43 games.

Robert added a 7-for-15 performance in a four-game loss to the Astros in the AL Division Series.

“Keep it healthy and everything will work out. Look what he missed all this time last year,” manager Tony La Russa said when asked about Robert after Sunday training. “He came in and played a very important role in our second half.”

“You try to stay on top of your health and your body, but things happen,” Robert said through performer Billy Russo. “For this year, I just want to try to stay healthy and have as good a season as I had at the end of last year.”

Serious injury problems have zapped the White Sox on more than one occasion in 2021. Left fielder Eloy Jiménez underwent surgery to repair a ruptured left pectoral tendon, suffered the final week of spring training during spring training. a misguided attempt to rob a home run at Camelback Ranch, and was out until July 26.

After hitting seven home runs and driving 27 in August, Jiménez had two homers, seven RBIs and a .608 OPS in his last 25 regular season games. Wide receiver Yasmani Grandal injured his right knee early in spring training, hampering his start to the season, then tore a tendon in his left knee on July 5 at Target Field that kept him out until to August 27.

Right-hander Michael Kopech was sidelined from May 27 to early July with a hamstring problem, second baseman Nick Madrigal was lost for the season with surgery for a torn right hamstring before being traded to the Cubs and first baseman José Abreu was beaten. all year. Still, the White Sox won 93 and captured an AL Central title.

Having two young cornerstones such as Robert and Jiménez healthy all season should be basic enough to take this team to another level without any additional additions.

“It won’t be just for this year,” Robert said. “If we’re healthy we’re going to be able to help the team and that’s what you want. Then I think that’s the goal for this year. Stay healthy and good things can happen.

Robert felt healthy after coming back from his hip flexor tear, although he admitted not pushing as hard as he could during the regular season to “save something for the playoffs”. He left Game 4 of the ALDS loss to Houston with a strain in his right leg, but is feeling good again as White Sox camp begins.

The MVP conversation brought a slight smile to Robert’s face on Sunday, as he feels good knowing people think so highly of him. Extreme praise, however, will not change Robert’s daily focus or work ethic.

“I always try to do my best when I’m on the pitch. That will never change,” Robert said. “Yeah, every baseball player has that goal in mind every year.

“Win an MVP, Gold Glove and get as many awards and accolades as possible. In the end what matters the most or the biggest goal is to win it all, to win a World Series. goal not just for me, but for every baseball player.

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