White Sox outfielder Luis Robert leaves game with right hip flexor strain

Team says X-rays were negative and Robert will be further evaluated Monday.

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Robert exited the game in the first inning with help from a team trainer

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White Sox outfielder Luis Robert injured his hip running out a single in the first inning Sunday against the Cleveland Indians and had to leave the game.

Initial reports from the White Sox said Robert strained his right hip flexor, but X-rays were negative. Robert will undergo further evaluation on Monday, the Sox said.

Robert hit a 1-1 fastball from Cleveland starter Zach Plesac down the third-base line and beat out the throw from third baseman Jose Ramirez. Robert pulled up after crossing the base and had to be helped off the field by trainers. Robert was unable to put any pressure on his right leg.

Robert is hitting .309 this season with a home run and 10 extra-base hits. The center fielder started the Cleveland series with a strong defensive showing in the outfield, tracking down a deep fly to center Friday and ran down Josh Naylor’s line drive Saturday.

Adam Eaton pinch-ran for Robert and took his place in the outfield.

The Sox announced before their doubleheader with the Tigers on Thursday that Robert had been reinstated from the injured list. Robert wasn’t feeling well Monday and was sidelined for precautionary reasons. After passing tests for the coronavirus, he was deemed ready to go, manager Tony La Russsa said Thursday.

“I feel much better, no headache or fever, the only thing is my body feels a little lethargic from being in bed but I will be good to go today,” Robert said through translator Billy Russo on Thursday.

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