Updates from Monday, June 2
The White Sox officially announced good news for Abreu:
He'll also be in the lineup, according to MLB Lineups:
6/2 @whitexox lineup vs LAD Eaton CF Beckham 2B Abreu 1B Viciedo LF Ramirez SS Gillaspie 3B Flowers C Sierra RF Quintana P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 2, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 1
JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago provides an update on Abreu's recovery:
Jose Abreu -- whose ankle feels "great," per manager Robin Ventura -- takes his cuts Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/Stekq3ecbX— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) June 1, 2014
Seth Gruen of the Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on Abreu's return:
Robin Ventura said he expects Jose Abreu to be available tomorrow #Sox— Seth Gruen (@SethGruen) June 1, 2014
Scott Merkin of MLB.com confirms the return date:
Abreu will be activated before Monday's game— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) June 1, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
Associated Press reporter Brian Sandalow has the latest on Abreu:
Ventura "hopeful" Abreu will be back Monday. #whitesox— Brian Sandalow (@BrianSandalow) May 30, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
FantasyAlarm MLB provides an update on Jose Abreu's injury and recovery:
Updates from Monday, May 26
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports rehab activities Jose Abreu will participate in today:
Jose Abreu no longer wearing Das Boot of immobilization. #WhiteSox— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 26, 2014
Out of his boot, Jose Abreu will do some light work in the batting cage today. #WhiteSox— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 19
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports updated Jose Abreu's status as he tries to return from a nagging ankle injury:
Jose Abreu undergoing further tests on injured ankle today in Chicago, including MRI. He's in a walking boot. Developing story. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 19, 2014
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago later reported some positive news for White Sox fans:
#WhiteSox news on Jose Abreu is good: MRI revealed inflammation only.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 19, 2014
Manager Robin Ventura spoke about the results with The Associated Press via ESPN.com:
"It is good news," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "They've done all the tests and determined it is inflammation. We just have to make sure we get that out of there."
"You get him in the middle of your lineup, you're different," Ventura said. "But you have to fill in and make do, and when he gets back you hope he picks up where he left off."
Updates from Sunday, May 18
The White Sox announced that Jose Abreu has been placed on the disabled list:
Prior to today’s game at Houston, the Chicago White Sox returned outfielder Adam Eaton from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the disabled list, while placing first baseman Jose Abreu on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com gave his thoughts on the news after the announcement:
Abreu certainly didn't look comfortable Friday and Saturday in Houston RT @scottmerkin Adam Eaton reinstated. Jose Abreu to disabled list.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 18, 2014
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn discussed Abreu's health via Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
Hahn: "It became clear to everyone who saw the game yesterday where it got to the point where he was basically playing on one leg."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 18, 2014
Jose Abreu has hit at an amazing pace to start the 2014 MLB season, but a battle with an ankle injury has persisted for the Chicago White Sox's star rookie.
Unfortunately, it sounds like the White Sox will have to make do without their vaunted slugger for the time being. The ankle injury has become such an impediment that Abreu sounds likely to miss Sunday's action against the Houston Astros, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
Abreu will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but it sounds as if he could sit Sunday. He said the ankle felt worse today.— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 18, 2014
Abreu spoke to Merkin about the issue on Saturday:
Abreu: "With god’s favor, we’ll do whatever is best. That’s taking some time off or whatever, we’ll do it if we need to."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 18, 2014
That's a major blow for the White Sox as they enter the rubber game in Houston before heading to Kansas City for three contests. The team will not return home until later in the week as they look to get out of fourth place in the AL Central.
Abreu has hit at an historic clip to start the season (15 home runs and 42 RBI in 44 games), as ESPN Stats and Info illustrates:
Jose Abreu (CHW): 15 HR in 43 games this season; tied for 2nd most HR in a player's 1st 43 career games in the last 100 years— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2014
Remember, this is the same ailment that hobbled Abreu earlier in the month and forced his transition to designated hitter. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko certainly have the power to be firm stopgap solutions, but even they cannot be expected to replicate the wow-worthy numbers posted by the Cuban slugger.
For now, it appears management is content to let Abreu rest rather than shelve him on the disabled list. That's a worst-case scenario option, but this issue did start out as something that everyone involved thought would not last very long.