CHICAGO (CBS) — The White Sox’ Luis Robert has been cleared to go on a minor league rehab assignment – after having been out since May 2 with an injury.

Robert will head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina Wednesday.

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Robert was hurt running to first base in the first inning on Sunday, May 2, as the White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians. The White Sox say tests revealed a grade-three strain – or a complete tear of his hip-flexor muscle.

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The next day, the White Sox said it would be 12 to 16 weeks before he could resume baseball activities.

Robert said he is surprised he’s returning this soon.

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“I was expecting to have this process as fast as it’s gone, but that’s good news,” he said. “I’d never experienced an injury as severe as that.”

CBS 2 Chicago Staff