Luis Robert of the White Sox was injured after reaching first base on a single during the first inning of a game against the Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 02, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images) | Getty

Luis Robert has a Grade 3 strain of his right hip flexor, which is a complete tear. Further consultation will determine the next steps, GM Rick Hahn said, with surgery a possibility.

The White Sox will be without center fielder Luis Robert for at least 12 weeks, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday.

Luis Robert has a Grade 3 strain of his right hip flexor, which is a complete tear. Further consultation with specialists in the coming days will determine the next steps, Hahn, with surgery a possibility.

Robert will not resume baseball activities for 12 to 16 weeks, Hahn said. The GM said it was soon to know how long Robert will be out.

“The options include surgery, if in fact the tear has affected the tendon’s attachment to the bone or a rehabilitation process in which natural healing will take place if the tear is to the muscle as opposed to the attachment between the tendon and the bone,” Hahn said

The timeline is the same, either way, Hahn said, and won’t be known until after the next steps are taken, Hahn said.

Robert was injured running out an infield single in the first inning Sunday against the Indians. He had to be helped off the field and did not put pressure on his right leg.

Robert rapped a pitch from Zach Plesac down the third-base line and beat the throw from third baseman Jose Ramirez. He appeared to suffer the injury just before reaching first base.

Robert is hitting .316/.359/.461/ with an .822 OPS and one homer, nine doubles, a triple and four stolen bases. He won a Gold Glove and was second in voting for AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

The Sox lost left fielder Eloy Jimenez with a pectoral injury during spring training that will keep him out for most or all of the season, and lost Adam Engel during with a hamstring injury in spring training. Leury Garcia figures to man most of the innings in center until Engel returns, which should be this month. Engel was initially expected back in April but suffered a setback during his rehab and will not begin a rehab assisgnment for at least three weeks, Hahn said.

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