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White Sox place Luis Robert on COVID-19 related IL

by Joe Binder

The White Sox announced two roster moves prior to tonight’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox.

Outfielder Luis Robert has been placed on the COVID-19 related injured list with mild symptoms, similar to several Yankees players (including third baseman Josh Donaldson) following this weekend’s series in the Bronx. As a corresponding transaction, the White Sox recalled infielder Jake Burger from Triple-A Charlotte.

Robert is slashing .285/.319/.438 (39-for-137) with three doubles, six home runs, 17 RBI, six stolen bases and 21 runs scored in 33 games this season. He currently leads the team in homers and ranks second in hits, RBI, runs scored, stolen bases and total bases (60).

As for Burger, he’s hitting .239 (17-71) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 21 games with the White Sox in 2022. His success hasn’t improved much since joining the Charlotte Knights as he’s 10-for-47 (.213) with three homers and eight RBI over 13 games this season.

In Robert’s absence, the White Sox will likely use several different outfielders to fill the void, though Adam Engel is seemingly the best defensive fit at center. Hopefully, it won’t be too long as general manager Rick Hahn expects Robert back as earlier as this weekend’s Cubs series if all trends in the right direction.

As we learn more about this situation, we will update this article and provide info on our socials @SoxOn35th.

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