Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Jose Abreu should return Monday
May 13, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) takes to the field before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Oakland won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
The roster of the Chicago White Sox has been missing their best and biggest piece of the lineup puzzle since May 17, but that piece will return on Monday and that day can’t come soon enough.
Rookie first baseman Jose Abreu is eligible to come off the disable list on Monday, June 2 following the recovery of his ankle injury, and he is needed back in the lineup.
Abreu is bating .260 this season with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. In the month of April he was the AL Rookie and the Player of the Month. When he went on the DL, Abreu led MLB with 15 home runs, but has since dropped to third on the list. He’s also tied for fifth in the Majors in RBIs.
It will also be nice to have Abreu back on the roster against the Los Angeles Dodgers, especially when they face Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday.Kershaw will oppose Chris Sale that game.
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ESPN Chicago wrote about the pending return of Abreu, who they reported will not have a rehab stint:
"“(Robin) Ventura said he expects Abreu to get his work in over the weekend and be ready to join the team when it heads to Los Angeles … However, he quickly added, ‘Everything is subject to change.'”"
What are you looking forward to the most with the return of Abreu?
In other White Sox news:
• The Chicago Sun-Times wrote about a “change Chris Sale can believe in.”
• ESPN Chicago writes the White Sox are “winning on roster full of contributors.”
• Here is a series preview by the Chicago Tribune for the White Sox vs. San Diego Padres.
• The official White Sox site looks at past draft selections of the “Good Guys.”
In AL Central news:
• Cleveland.com columnist Terry Pluto writes how the Indians are looking to get “out of their dismal funk.”
• The Kansas City Royals moved Dale Sveum to their hitting coach writes ESPN.
• Minnesota Twins’ centerfielder Aaron Hicks “dumps switch-hitting” writes MinnPost.
• Detroit Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski “addresses recent slump” reported the Detroit Free Press.