Tragedy for ‘Ohtani contender’, 50 home run derby hits → injury → no All-Star Game…will miss second half opener

An All-Star Game Home Run Derby was too much, and injury struck at the end of the Home Run Derby, leaving him unable to play in the All-Star Game.

Chicago White Sox right fielder Luis Robert Jr. participated in the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Nov. 11 (ET).

Robert Jr. faced Adley Rutherford of the Baltimore Orioles in the first round and hit 28 home runs, edging out Rutherford by one with 27 remaining to advance to the second round. Robert Jr.’s second round opponent was Randy Arozarenas of the Tampa Bay Rays. Robert Jr. continued his dominance in the second round, hitting 22 home runs, but fell short as Arozarena exploded for 35 home runs.

After defeating Robert Jr. to reach the final, Arozarena hit 23 home runs in the final, but had to settle for runner-up honors to Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who exploded for 25 home runs. Guerrero Jr. made history by becoming the first “father-son” to win the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby, following his father’s 2007 victory.

After completing the Home Run Derby, Roberto Jr. was scheduled to play in the 2023 MLB All-Star Game at the same venue on Dec. 12, but had to withdraw due to a sudden injury.안전놀이터

The White Sox announced today that “Robert Jr. injured his calf after the Home Run Derby. After undergoing an MRI in Seattle, he has decided not to play in the All-Star Game and will be evaluated again before the first game of the second half in Atlanta.” So it remains to be seen if Robert will be available for the first game of the second half.

Robert’s first half has been nothing short of spectacular. With a .271 batting average, 26 home runs, 51 RBIs, and eight doubles for an OPS of .899, he is second in the American League in home runs, trailing only Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels (32).

Robert Jr. made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2020, batting .233 with 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and 20 doubles in 56 games that year, followed by a .338 average with 13 home runs, 43 RBIs and 14 doubles in 2021, and a .284 average with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs and 17 doubles last year. This year, he has already set a career high in home runs and is on pace to hit 46.

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