Jammed thumb sidelines White Sox prospect Luis Robert

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert (standing) confers with team training staff Tuesday at the Sox’ spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox outfield prospect Luis Robert, who jammed his left thumb on a headfirst slide on a stolen-base attempt during an intrasquad game Saturday, shouldn’t be out for more than a couple of days, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday.

It’s the same thumb Robert injured more seriously on a feet-first slide at second base last spring, and which he re-injured playing the outfield two weeks after being promoted to advanced Class A Winston-Salem. Robert ran on his own Saturday, which probably left Renteria fuming.

‘‘A lapse in his judgment,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘Fortunately for us, he’s doing good. We’re just going to be a little cautious.’’

Robert will swing in the batting cages on the Sox’ day off Wednesday and will be back ‘‘promptly,’’ Renteria said.

The training staff has equipped Robert with an insert to protect the thumb when he’s playing in the field and running the bases.

A day before the intrasquad game, Robert tripled off the wall in center field and hit a go-ahead home run to left when the Sox were down to their last out against the Rangers in Surprise. While minor, the setback is the latest in a series of injuries for the Sox’ No. 4 prospect (according to Baseball America and MLB Pipeline).

A sprained ligament in his left thumb limited Robert to 50 games between the Arizona League and both levels of Class A in 2018. He also dealt with knee and ankle injuries in 2017.


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Because of missed time, Robert played in the Arizona Fall League in November, where he batted .324 with two homers, 10 RBI and 19 runs scored. But Robert was limited there, too, by a tight hamstring.

Robert joins right-hander Dane Dunning (forearm soreness) and outfielder Luis Basabe (broken hamate bone) among top Sox prospects stalled by injuries this spring.

Palka getting closer

Outfielder Daniel Palka seems to be on target for game action this weekend after being out since Feb. 24 with a sore hamstring.

‘‘It’s doing good,’’ Palka said. ‘‘I ran the bases for about 30 minutes [Monday]. I did some band work. Symptom-free. So I’m excited doing a little bit more [Tuesday] on defense. Then I’ll come in [Wednesday] on the off day, do a little bit more of the running program. I think we’ll see from there.’’

Guyer not as close

Outfielder Brandon Guyer’s quest to earn a roster spot suffered a blow when he hurt his right (throwing) elbow in the Sox’ first infield-outfield drills of camp. Guyer is getting treatment and is on a throwing program, but he played Tuesday as a designated hitter.

‘‘My arm never felt so good coming into a spring training,’’ Guyer said. ‘‘Can’t explain why or what happened. Just a freak thing.’’

Roster cuts

Second baseman Nick Madrigal, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft, was one of the first roster cuts. Madrigal, who is 4-for-13 with two walks in Cactus League games, was reassigned to minor-league camp, along with outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Luis Gonzalez and left-handers Bernardo Flores and Jordan Guerrero.

None of the five is on the Sox’ 40-man roster, and all can continue to play in games while working on the other side of camp.

The Sox have 58 players in major-league camp.

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