White Sox: Jose Abreu returns from disabled list, records three hits
White Sox veteran first baseman returned from the disabled list on Monday in the team’s extra-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Jose Abreu returned to the White Sox lineup on Monday against the Kansas City Royals. The veteran first baseman was on the disabled list after requiring surgery due to a testicular torsion. He would record three hits in the team’s 4-3 loss in 10 innings.
The return for Abreu to the team wasn’t enough for a win on Monday night, but the slugger didn’t appear to miss a beat in the batter’s box. Getting three hits against Kansas City, Abreu improved his batting average on the season to .276.
Abreu was enjoying a second-half resurgence before his injury in mid-August. He hit .338 through Aug. 20 to get his batting average up to .272 after hitting just .260 at the end of July. Unfortunately, Abreu’s quest for history and his hot month of August would be interrupted due to injury.
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After hitting more than 25 home runs and driving in 100 or more RBIs in each of his first four seasons in the Majors, Abreu’s streak is in jeopardy to end this season. Currently, Abreu has 22 home runs and 78 RBIs. The Sox have just 18 games remaining this year, and Abreu will need to go another hot streak in order to make history.
Although Abreu might not reach the 100 RBI mark for the first time in his major league career this season, his return to the Sox lineup is important. The Sox were without that biggest run producer but still had a solid end to the month of August.
With Abreu back, the Sox can look to end the season with positive momentum towards 2019. Abreu has one more year left remaining on his current contract, and he will once again be a key player for the Sox next season. It would be nice if the Sox could offer Abreu an extension this offseason as he deserves to finish his career with the team and be around when they’re competitive again.