2021 has been a grind for the Chicago White Sox. They are such a good team but injuries have really piled up. They have dealt with it in such a way that has them at the end of June in first place of the AL Central Division.
Their resiliency has been tested for sure and they have answered the bell so far. When you lose players like Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Nick Madrigal for significant stretches of time, it is easy to give up.
There have also been some other injuries that require less time but still significant nonetheless. Players like Lance Lynn, Tim Anderson, Michael Kopech, Billy Hamilton, Adam Engel, and Adam Eaton have all been on the IL at certain points throughout the season. Some of them are still on it now but should be back somewhat soon.
The Chicago White Sox needs to make sure that Jose gets himself to 100 percent.
Now, we have to worry about the most important player on the team, Jose Abreu. In Sunday’s first game of a doubleheader, Jose Abreu took a 96 miles per hour baseball to the knee. It was a tough scene as Abreu was literally rolling around on the ground in pain before he slammed his helmet into the ground. He was also helped off the field and put no pressure on his leg.
Luckily, the White Sox were quick to get things rolling on his diagnosis. They announced not long after he left that he tested negative for a fracture and just has a bruised knee. He is now considered day-to-day. You know that Jose Abreu would like to play in the second game if he had his way but it is unlikely that is going to happen. Everyone should just be thankful that nothing is seriously wrong.
As injured as the White Sox have been this season, they have avoided some big ones to Jose Abreu. In this season, he has dealt with some big pain. He collided with Hunter Dozier while running to catch a pop out, hurt himself sliding into home on a game-winner, and had an umpire clear the bat out of the way off his lower body.
All of these things have been extremely painful for him but nothing has been so serious to keep him out for very long. Hopefully, this is something that heels up quickly for Abreu. He is the team’s best run-producer and has game-breaking power. They need him for the long haul this season.