White Sox veteran first baseman placed on the disabled list after outpatient surgery. Left-handed relief pitcher traded to contending team.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was placed on the 10-day disabled list after recovering from surgery. Abreu had outpatient surgery on his lower abdomen on Tuesday.
The veteran is expected to miss two weeks. With Abreu on the DL, the Sox recalled infielder Jose Rondon from Triple-A Charlotte. Rondon leads the Knights with 18 home runs through 80 games played. The 24-year-old hit .245 with three home runs in 22 games in his first stint this season with the Sox.
While Abreu should resume baseball activities in two weeks according to the Sox, he will miss valuable time as he looks to end his season with 25 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs. Through 122 games played, Abreu has a slash line of .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs. His streak of consecutive seasons with 25 or more home runs and 100 or RBIs appears to be in jeopardy.
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The Sox offense will miss Abreu’s production while he’s out, but they fared well on Wednesday. After scoring just two runs on Tuesday night, the Sox scored seven runs to defeat the Minnesota Twins 7-3.
Luis Avilan traded to Philadelphia
Veteran pitcher Luis Avilan was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. The Sox received minor league pitcher Felix Paulino in return for Avilan. Paulino went a combined 4-4 with a 3.91 ERA through 96 games in Single-A and Double-A this season.
Avilan made 58 appearances with the Sox this season. He went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and made his final relief appearance in a Sox uniform on Tuesday night. Avilan pitched 1.1 innings and allowed two earned runs in his final game with the Sox.
The veteran pitcher was acquired before this season along with Joakim Soria in a three-team trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals. Similar to last season, the Sox were able to trade two veterans in Soria and Avilan for minor league depth.