Robert still must master art of slide

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com @CST_­sox­van

Prized cen­ter-field prospect Luis Robert com­pleted a steal of sec­ond base in the White Sox’ in­trasquad game Tues­day at Guar­an­teed Rate Field with an awk­ward slide that could have re­sulted in a lower-body in­jury.

Sox coaches have worked with Robert to slide feet-first to avoid hand in­juries, but third-base coach Nick Capra said Robert was in­de­ci­sive about which way to go.

‘‘In­stead of know­ing he needs to slide on his rear end, he got caught in the mid­dle,’’ Capra said. Rest as­sured, the sight of Robert get­ting twisted around sec­ond base caused some winces and gri­maces among Sox staffers. His ta­lent and per­for­mance have been the talk of summer camp.

Robert has hurt his thumb three times in the mi­nor leagues and in spring train­ing slid­ing head­first and wears a mitt to pro­tect his hand in case he does slide that way. It’s his first in­stinct, but it’s not how he’s be­ing coached.

‘‘He’s go­ing to be all right,’’ Capra said. ‘‘It has been an is­sue in the past. We are go­ing to clean it up and get him to where he needs to be.’’

Robert lined a sin­gle and made a run­ning catch go­ing back to the wall in the 3oe-in­ning scrim­mage.

Taxi squad an­nounced

The Sox’ ini­tial 16-player taxi squad that will work out at Boomers Sta­dium in sub­ur­ban Schaum­burg was an­nounced. Work­outs be­gin Wed­nes­day. Here is the list:

Right-han­ders: Zack Burdi, Ryan Burr, Matt Fos­ter, Brady Lail, Alex McRae, Bryan Mitchell and Jonathan Stiever.

Left-han­ders: Gar­rett Cro­chet, Bernardo Flores Jr., Ja­cob Lind­gren, Adal­berto Me­jia and Bennett Sousa.

Catcher: Seby Zavala. Out­field­ers: Micker Adolfo, Luis Gon­za­lez and Blake Ruther­ford.

The Sox will have 59 play­ers work­ing out as part of camp — 43 at Guar­an­teed Rate Field and 16 in Schaum­burg.

While not rul­ing out a ma­jor­league ap­pear­ance in 2020 for Cro­chet, a fire­baller out of Ten­nessee, di­rec­tor of player de­vel­op­ment Chris Getz said hav­ing Cro­chet on board is ‘‘more just get­ting com­fort­able with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.’’

‘‘I don’t think we need to nec­es­sar­ily fo­cus on a ma­jor­league radar for Gar­rett,’’ he said.

Gran­dal doesn’t mask con­cerns

Many um­pires aren’t wear­ing masks in in­trasquad games. Most play­ers aren’t, ei­ther. But for Yas­mani Gran­dal, a catcher with an ump over his shoul­der, there is some con­cern.

‘‘I’d be ly­ing to you if I said I wasn’t wor­ried about it,” Gran­dal said. ‘‘This is some­thing you have to take very se­ri­ously. In my case, it’s not only for my health and my team­mates’ [health] but for the health of my fam­ily. My wife is preg­nant, so I don’t want any­thing to hap­pen to her. And I don’t want noth­ing to hap­pen to my kids.’’

It was re­ported that 11 um­pires opted out of the 2020 sea­son.

This and that

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria is ex­pected back Wed­nes­day af­ter miss­ing five days to at­tend a fam­ily funeral. Ren­te­ria’s du­ties had been filled by bench coach Joe McEwing, who flew to Philadel­phia for a fam­ily med­i­cal mat­ter, leav­ing Capra in charge.

The scrim­mage Wed­nes­day was changed from a sched­uled night event to 1:10 p.m. be­cause of ex­pected rain.

Getz said 2017 first-round draft pick Jake Burger, whose ca­reer has been stymied by two Achilles ten­don in­juries, is go­ing to play in a league in Mis­souri. The league has a mix of ‘‘pro and col­lege play­ers,’’ Getz said.

NAM Y. HUH/AP

Sec­ond base­man Nick Madri­gal misses the ball as Luis Robert steals sec­ond with an awk­ward slide dur­ing an in­trasquad game Tues­day at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

Luis Robert

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