White Sox’ Luis Robert returns to starting lineup vs. Angels

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Robert’s return a welcomed ‘lift’ for scuffling Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

What have the White Sox been missing the past week during Luis Robert’s absence?

“He’s definitely a guy who stands out,” Angels superstar Mike Trout said of Robert. “He’s fun to watch. He plays the game hard, and he’s a big power guy and can run it down out there.”

Trout has a front-row seat to watch Robert this weekend. The White Sox center fielder returned to the starting lineup Friday vs. the Angels. Robert is batting fifth and playing center field Friday.

“Nice to have Robert back,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Very nice. See his name in there, now we’ve got to keep him in there.”

Robert missed the last six games after exiting the White Sox’ 6-3 loss to the Guardians on April 21 with a groin injury. The White Sox went 1-5 during that stretch — the lone win snapping an eight-game losing streak.

“It’s a lift for us,” La Russa said.

The White Sox will monitor Robert to make sure doesn’t get tight or feel sore, La Russa said, but his return is obviously a welcomed one for the Sox.

It’s also a step toward them getting closer to full strength, and his return to the lineup came the same night Yoán Moncada and Joe Kelly began rehab assignments.

Andrew Vaughn is hitting in the No. 2 spot Friday, which La Russa said he "earned." Vaughn is batting .300/.375/.600 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games this season.

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