White Sox’ Luis Robert Jr. misses All-Star Game, says he ‘100%’ will be ready to play Friday

Robert felt tightness in his right calf during the Home Run Derby on Monday and is listed as day-to-day.

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The White Sox’ Luis Robert Jr. bats during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

The White Sox said Luis Robert Jr. will miss Tuesday’s All-Star Game after feeling tightness in his right calf during Monday’s Home Run Derby.

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SEATTLE — Only the White Sox.

A day after swatting 50 balls over the fence in the Home Run Derby, center fielder Luis Robert Jr. was scratched from his first All-Star Game because of what the Sox termed ‘‘tightness’’ in his right calf.

Robert had an MRI exam in Seattle and is listed as day-to-day heading into the Sox’ series Friday against the Braves in Atlanta.

‘‘I feel good today. It isn’t anything serious,’’ Robert said via text.

‘‘It is disappointing, but the most important thing for me is to be healthy and ready for Friday when we start the second half. I am sure I’ll be 100% by Friday.’’

Robert lasted two rounds in the Derby, topping the Orioles’ Adley Rutschman before losing to the Rays’ Randy Arozarena. The Rangers’ Adolis Garcia and Arozarena helped persuade Robert — a fellow Cuban — to participate in the annual exhibition.

After the Derby, Robert said he’d had a fun time. One would think playing in the Midsummer Classic would’ve been even better and certainly more special.

But the snakebitten Sox, who are 16 games below .500 at 38-54, don’t do special.

Robert has a career-high 26 homers — tied for third in the majors — at the break. After playing in only 98 games last season and 68 in 2021, his full-on breakout has been the Sox’ only real highlight.

After Robert decided to take part in the Derby last week, Sox manager Pedro Grifol said: ‘‘I’m not too concerned about it, but he’s a big part of this team, and we need him to come back healthy and ready to go for the second half.’’

We’ll see about that now.

A few hours before the Derby, Robert mused about his first All-Star Game and others — maybe a bunch of them — to follow.

‘‘But I have to stay healthy,’’ he said. ‘‘If I’m healthy, I’m pretty sure there will be many more to come.’’

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