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White Sox prospect Luis Robert to miss six weeks with thumb sprain


White Sox top prospect Luis Robert has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain in his left thumb, the team announced Saturday. The outfielder sustained the injury on Wednesday after sliding into second base during a Cactus League game against the Reds, and is now scheduled to miss anywhere from 6-10 weeks as he works his way back to the field.

Robert, 20, was enjoying his first spring training with the club prior to the incident. He went 3-for-10 in camp with a stolen base and a grand slam, the latter of which he accomplished after suffering the sprain. Entering 2018, Robert ranked no. 3 in the White Sox’ system and no. 28 overall, and was expected to begin his first year in the organization with a stint in Single-A Kannapolis or High-A Winston-Salem. Now, according to manager Rick Renteria, it looks as though the outfielder won’t see any game action until early May, though the team will keep a close eye on him during the recovery process in case his thumb heals more quickly than expected.

This has been an unlucky spring for highly-touted White Sox prospects. No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez has struggled with tendinitis in his left knee, while right-hander Alec Hansen (no. 4) was temporarily shut down with soreness in his forearm and Jake Burger (no. 8) lost his season to a torn left Achilles last month. Of the four, Jimenez is the closest to staging a return, and is tentatively slated to make an appearance during the White Sox’ matchup with the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.