Jose Abreu set to return against the Dodgers


May 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) celebrates with second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) after hitting 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

The Chicago White Sox will welcome back rookie home run hitting first baseman Jose Abreu on Monday, as they begin a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Abreu has been on the disabled list with an injured ankle. wrote the following on Sunday on Abreu:

"“Abreu, who still leads the team in home runs (15) and RBIs (42) despite being out since May 18 with left ankle tendinitis, was both the American League’s player of the month for April as well as the rookie of the month.”"

This return of Abreu couldn’t come soon enough for the White Sox as they began the three-game series in Los Angeles.

The ESPN article also quoted Abreu:

"“Yes, I think I’m ready,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “I’m anxious to get started. I’m ready.”"

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It is good to hear Abreu is ready, because the White Sox really do need the presence of Abreu in the batting order. He makes the entire order better, as he’s the No. 1 batter that must be accounted for in the lineup no matter who the White Sox are facing.

Another thing about having Abreu back, is when Abreu is in the lineup (and healthy) he is a very dangerous player, one of the most dangerous players in all of baseball.

You could tell Abreu needed this time on the DL to heal up, as he wasn’t playing nearly his best baseball when he was battling the injury.

He might be rusty at first, but if Abreu can stay healthy (and play like he did in April), plus having others off the DL including Chris Sale and Adam Eaton … the White Sox might end up being a dangerous team after all.

I believe this offense will only go as far as Abreu will go, and maybe that can be a very successful road.