Robert came pretty close to adding a stunning defensive play to his already bursting highlight reel, but the ball bounced off his glove as he made the diving try in the seventh inning of Tuesday's White Sox win and he was out of the game not long after.
During the game, the team announced that X-rays were negative, and after the game, manager Rick Renteria said it didn't seem like Robert's hand soreness was anything serious.
"He's day to day," Renteria said. "It's his hand, felt a little sore after the dive. All indications are it's nothing of real concern. Hopefully it's just maybe a day. He might wake up tomorrow and feel fantastic. So it's no big deal."
Renteria reported Wednesday that he hopes Robert can return to the White Sox lineup for Thursday's series-finale with the Detroit Tigers.
"He's been checked out thoroughly. He was just a little sore. So out of the abundance of caution, we're going to let him get treated up all day today," Renteria said. "My hope is that he'll be able to get back into the lineup tomorrow. I'm not making any promises, but like anyone, I think everyone would like to see him back in there.
"But nothing of significant concern whatsoever. They're going to treat him up and let the soreness get worked out of there, and hopefully we'll be back to seeing him back in the lineup tomorrow."
Robert joins, however briefly, catcher Yasmani Grandal in the day-to-day category for the banged-up White Sox. Grandal left Monday's game early with a stiff back that kept him out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday. Renteria said Tuesday he hopes Grandal can return to the lineup by the end of the week.
The news on both Robert and Grandal is obviously better for the White Sox than it could have been, with neither seemingly destined for a stint on the injured list. But they add to an ever-growing group of White Sox dealing with a variety of maladies. Forty percent of the team's starting rotation (Reynaldo López and Carlos Rodón), it's most important bullpen arm (Aaron Bummer), its starting second baseman (Nick Madrigal) and its do-it-all utility man (Leury García) are currently on the injured list.
That meant that Wednesday, the White Sox were without a third of their starting lineup. Danny Mendick remained in action at second base for Madrigal, Zack Collins was behind the plate with Grandal sidelined, and Adam Engel - who just returned Wednesday from his own, brief injured-list stay - was in for Robert in center field. Highly touted pitching prospect Dane Dunning was called upon to make his major league debut with the White Sox burning through their starting-pitching depth.
With Tim Anderson and Nomar Mazara spending time on the injured list this season, too, and Edwin Encarnación at one point dealing with his own day-to-day status, the White Sox have yet to assemble their anticipated starting lineup. But considering Robert and Grandal are not expected to be away from the lineup much longer and Madrigal could return from his separated shoulder by the end of the month, it might not be long until they're finally able to.
Luis Robert out of White Sox lineup day after hurting hand on diving attempt originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago