Jose Abreu returns to the practice field


May 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) hits a three run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Coliseum. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Still a week away from being activated from the DL, first base man Jose Abreu had some practice time before tonight’s game with the Cleveland Indians, since suffering from posterior tibial tendinitis.

Before a game with the Indians, Abreu took 25 ground balls at first base, played long toss and catch for about 10 minutes before hitting off a tee in the batting cages. A team translator said Abreu felt great after the practice.  A return to the line up next Monday is likely, with a possible rehab stint.

If he were to return Monday, it would just in time for a six-game road trip out West and a home stand against the Tigers, Royals and Giants.

Coming back into the line up next monday would be huge for the White Sox, after the team has gone 4-4 since losing a league leading hitter. Abreu is tied for second in home runs (15), tied for third in extra base hits (27) and tied for third in RBI (42).