Robertson (thumb) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. Robertson has hoping to be able to return before the end of the season after undergoing early-August thumb surgery, but this move rules out that possibility. Removing Robertson from the 40-man roster clears space for Andrew Moore to be activated from the restricted list now that his passport issue has been resolved.
Robertson (thumb) is still holding out hope of returning this season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I think that [the Rays are] on board as well," Robertson said. "With that being said, I don't think there's going to be any rushing in the process. The goal is to still, hopefully, get some more at-bats this year, whether that's with a week left in the season or not." The versatile Robertson underwent what was assumed to be season-ending surgery on his left thumb Aug. 7, but he'll look to squeeze in a return if at all possible. A reduction of 15-20 pounds this past offseason seemed to help Robertson, who was slashing a solid .262/.382/.415 with 25 extra-base hits (16 doubles, nine home runs) and 34 RBI over 340 plate appearances across 88 games before his injury. All three components of his slash line -- along with his production across all other major categories -- were significant improvements on a rookie 2017 campaign in which he played only 13 fewer games.
Robertson underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Juan Toribio of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports. The recovery time for the procedure is reportedly six-to-eight weeks, but even the short end of that time frame would see Robertson only back for a few games, so the team is likely to play it safe. The 24-year-old improved his wRC+ from 76 to 128 in his sophomore campaign, making him a potentially interesting option for next season.
Robertson will undergo surgery on his left thumb in the coming days, likely spelling an end to his 2018 season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Robertson was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb following Friday's game against the White Sox and was advised to undergo surgery to correct the damaged digit after consulting with a specialist Sunday. While an official timetable for Robertson's return to baseball activities won't be established until the procedure has been conducted, such surgeries typically keep position players sidelined for around two months. Though it appears he'll end the year on the disabled list, the significant growth Robertson showed offensively in his second MLB season -- his OPS jumped from .634 as a rookie up to .797 in 2018 -- puts him in good shape to maintain a full-time role for the club during the upcoming campaign. Joey Wendle is expected to serve as the Rays' primary option at the keystone while Robertson is on the mend.
Robertson will see a specialist Sunday to determine whether or not he'll need potentially season-ending surgery on his sprained thumb, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Robertson hit the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain Saturday. The severity of the issue is not yet clear, but teammate Kevin Kiermaier needed surgery for a similar issue earlier in the season which kept him out for over two months, so there's a chance Robertson's season could be done.