ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Daniel Robertson was caught up in a hard slide on Friday night, which resulted in both his helmet bouncing back and hitting him as he came into second base, and his left thumb getting caught against the corner of the bag.
As the White Sox looked over the replay, Robertson called first base coach Ozzie Timmons over, who then signaled for the trainers.
“Initially my thumb was sore,” Robertson said after the game, “but I could still use my legs to run. I didn’t want them to have to bring someone in off the bench.”
Robertson would charge around third shortly thereafter, stumbling as he rounded the base but comfortably crossing home plate. He wouldn’t re-enter the game.
“We took a look at it after I scored, and I just wasn’t really able to make a grip,” Robertson said, without gesturing with his already-braced thumb. It hung by his side, with the sleeve pulled low as Robertson’s expression told the rest of the story.
The Rays will have an MRI performed tomorrow to examine the severity, but Robertson is expected to miss significant time.
“There is no [official] word yet, but in all fairness he’ll likely be heading to the DL,” Kevin Cash said after the game. “I think it’s fair to say that he’s going to miss some time.”
Robertson is the second position players in as many days to be injured, leaving the Rays with a two man bench following Tommy Pham’s hairline fracture near a toe in his right foot.
To fill out the bench, the Rays may have to use their two 40-man roster spots remaining. Infielder Christian Arroyo is unavailable due to a concussion sustained from a pitch to the helmet, and outfielder Austin Meadows is still being transitioned to a full time role after his acquisition earlier this week.
Possible reinforcements include players who had previously been on the Rays roster this year in OF Rob Refsnyder and INF Brandon Snyder, but the hot hitting 2B/LF Brandon Lowe or utility man Kean Wong could receive an early promotion, as the Rays will need to add both players to the 40-man roster sometime in the next year and Robertson may be in line for a trip to the 60-day DL.
Kevin Kiermaier previously missed more than two months of the 2018 season with the same injury, having been placed on the 60-day DL on April 15, wearing the same brace Robertson wore tonight.
Daniel Robertson was previously on the 10-day Disabled List earlier this season with a hamstring strain.