Luis Robert hit a towering fly to left subject on the second pitch of his sixth-inning at-bat in opposition to Cleveland Guardians reliever Nick Sandlin on Tuesday at Assured Price Subject.
Wouldn’t it be truthful or foul?
Robert stood within the field, leaning whereas hoping it could keep truthful for a two-run homer. On the identical time, appearing supervisor Miguel Cairo jumped out of the dugout to get a greater view of the ball.
It saved curving and landed foul.
The at-bat resulted in a strikeout for Robert, who went 0-for-5 within the 10-7, 11-inning loss.
The middle fielder, who handled left wrist soreness earlier than struggling a bruised left hand, was out of the lineup Wednesday and didn’t begin once more Thursday in opposition to the Guardians. The Sox misplaced 4-2, falling seven video games behind the Guardians within the American League Central with 12 video games remaining.
“He’s nonetheless a bit sore however he needs to play,” Cairo mentioned earlier than the sport. “I mentioned, ‘Let’s see the way it feels (Friday) and we’ll go from there.’ ”
Robert has began simply six of the staff’s 25 video games since Aug. 26 due to the bruised left hand, left wrist soreness and a Sept. 2-3 stint on the paternity checklist.
He exited an Aug. 12 recreation in opposition to the Detroit Tigers with a sprained left wrist after making an attempt to steal second base within the sixth inning. He returned to the lineup Aug. 20.
Robert swung one-handed throughout a few his at-bats Aug. 25 in opposition to the Orioles in Baltimore and didn’t make one other begin till Sept. 5 in opposition to the Mariners in Seattle.
The following night time, he received hit whereas swinging on the first pitch of his second-inning at-bat in opposition to the Mariners. He continued the at-bat after being evaluated by the coaching employees and didn’t swing once more, finally putting out trying.
He took two strikes and a ball in his fifth-inning at-bat, then swung with one hand and missed to strike out within the fifth. He left with the bruised left hand.
Robert is 1-for-28 (.036) since Aug. 25 after slashing .407/.462/.627 in his earlier 17 video games.
Earlier than Wednesday’s recreation, Cairo described Robert’s standing as “each day.”
“He feels some ache in there,” Cairo mentioned. “If there’s an excellent matchup that I can put him into (the sport) in opposition to some pitchers, I’m going to do it. He’s nonetheless worthwhile in every single place. He can run. (Tuesday) he nearly hit a homer too. I hoped that homer stayed truthful. However it’s what it’s.”
Requested if there was soreness after taking part in a recreation, Cairo mentioned, “It’s.”
“Within the final two at-bats (putting out within the ninth and flying out to proper within the eleventh on Tuesday), that’s when he began feeling extra sore,” Cairo mentioned. “I wish to have him in there, for certain, sure. He’s an enormous piece in our lineup, and I want he could possibly be more healthy.”
When wholesome, Robert is an influence bat. He’s slashing .284/.319/.426 with 12 homers, 56 RBIs, 54 runs and 11 stolen bases in 97 video games.
“Imagine me, I wish to hold Luis daily in there,” Cairo mentioned. “He’s one of many guys that you just say ‘you’ve gotten a time off tomorrow’ and he says ‘no, no time off.’ It’s exhausting. I wish to have him in there. I wish to have (injured shortstop) Tim (Anderson).”
Anderson, who hasn’t performed since Aug. 6 when he suffered a sagittal band tear on the center finger of his left hand, confronted teammate Davis Martin for “like 10 pitches” earlier than Thursday’s recreation.
“I wish to have the staff we had been alleged to be out of spring coaching and I wish to have it collectively,” Cairo mentioned. “That’s a part of the sport. You’re going to get some accidents, you’re going to get damage and also you’ve received to cope with that stuff.”
Robert retains pushing to play.
“Like (Tuesday), I requested him how he was feeling and he mentioned, ‘I really feel higher,’ ” Cairo mentioned. “He advised me, ‘Hey, I wish to be there it doesn’t matter what. I wish to assist the staff, I wish to be part of what we’re doing proper now.’ He needs to be there, however I’ve a troublesome determination I’ve received to make to not put him in there.
“It’s going to get higher with relaxation, however proper now nobody needs to relaxation. He needs to be in there.”