CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox quarterback Lewis Robert compared his Monday crowd to the start of his Big League career.
“I’m excited,” Robert said through an interpreter prior the Sox’s 11-1 triumph over the Minnesota Twins. “I feel like it’s my first day in the majors.”
The Sox brought Robert back from the injured list, and he was in the lineup for the first time since May 2, reaching seventh as the Sox opened a three-game streak at Target Field in Minneapolis.
He went 2 for 5 with RBI and added to a productive first half for Sox, reaching second place due to a foul when Twins first baseman Miguel Sanó dropped a pop-up. Brian Goodwin scored on a foul, round four of the inning which included a two-round home lead by Tim Anderson and Homer by Eloy Jiménez.
Flying left in third, Robert hit a sunken liner in fifth that fell in fore of dive center player Jake Cave and bounced away to double. Yuan Moncada scored from the start in the play. Robert hit swings on the seventh and sorted right on the ninth.
Jimenez added Homer from three runs per second in his second straight game. He’s the first Sox player to make back-to-back games at fewest twice on home soil and five RBIs.
Leader Homer Anderson was second in a row, while Moncada claimed a solo triumph at home in the ninth. Sox player Lucas Giolito was allowed to run on two-strokes by eight in eight rounds.
Robert has been sidelined since he tore a conclude muscle in his right thigh muscle in the May 2 game against the Cleveland Indians on a guaranteed modified court when he raced for the first time for an on-court kick. He fell following crossing the bag and had to be helped out of the field.
“Honestly, I feel pleasing,” Robert said. “Obviously I’m not 100%. But the percentage that I am now, I feel I can do a pleasing job, I can aid the team and I can still perform at a lofty level.
“I’m not going to lie, I’ll see if I have a fear on my mind, but that will fade with the days and games. Physically I feel pleasing about playing every day or taking a few days off. I don’t know what the plan is, but I feel pleasing and I’m ready to play every day” .
Original expectations had kept Robert out of action for three to four months. He was medically cleared on June 29 to increase his level in baseball activities and began a rehab assignment with Class A Winston Salem on July 21.
“I worked firm and worked firm, especially in Arizona,” Robert said of the rehab process. “When I started, it was a tough process, but I did distinct things trying to get some strength in my legs and tried to move on.
“It was a pleasing process…but the hardest part was in Arizona. It was there where I put in a lot of effort to prepare and preserve going.”
Robert’s return brings Sox one step closer to having a packed-strength lineup. They recently had the comeback of left-hander Jimenez, and first catcher Yasmane Grandal began recovering from a ruptured tendon in his left knee.
“Lewis is coming back, so it will aid us more,” Jimenez said following scoring twice at home in Sunday’s 9-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. “When Grandal returns, the squad will improve. We are pleasing now, and having these people in the squad will aid us.”
Robert came in on Monday in the .316/.359/.463 cut-off with nine pairs, triples, one home run and eight RBI points in 25 games. He finished second in the 2020 MLS Junior vote and won the AL Gold Glove Quarterback Award.
He was excited to join Jimenez’s squad for the first time this season.
“That’s one of the things I’ve missed the most this season, just to play with him and like it,” said Robert. “It would be like a dream come true.”
Robert cut .268/.388/.390 with one home run and six RBIs in 12 games between Winston Salem and Triple-A Charlotte during his rehab job.
Like Jimenez, who lost nearly four months to a ruptured left chest tendon prior returning on July 26, Sox manager Tony La Russa said tolerance is significant.
“He’s been out of competition, the major league competition, for a lengthy time,” La Rossa said. “Seventh is an significant place (in the lineup), but it’s probably a little less anticipation than if you got to him in fourth or fifth. Just donate him a chance to get his feet wet and take it from there.
“No matter how talented you are, these are the major tournaments and timing is timing. But that’s one of the pleasing things, with the depth we have, you don’t necessarily have to hit it in the middle.”
Robert is happy to be competent to contribute once again to the first place team.
“That’s been our goal since the start of the season, and the spring training started,” said Robert. “Just play firm, do what we can and compete. We know we have a pleasing team and we just try to preserve doing it every day, day in and day out. It’s pleasing to be on a team in this position, and I feel happy to be here.”
In two other moves on the roster on Monday, Sox player/backfielder Gavin Sheets was named to Charlotte and defensive back Luis Gonzalez was released.
Sheets made an impact following being called up from Charlotte on June 29, cutting .255/.293/.483 with six home runs, 16 RBI and 10 runs in 29 games.
Gonzalez is scheduled to have end-of-season surgery on his right shoulder next week. He’s cut 0.241/.352/.423 by seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 40 games with Charlotte and has gone 2-for-8 (.250) with two doubles and two runs in six games with the Sox this season.