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Jose Abreu gives boot the boot; resumes baseball activity
Jose Abreu was on the field doing baseball things Monday, a good sign for the slugging first baseman who is eligible to come off the disabled list next Monday.
Abreu looked fine taking about 25 ground balls at first base and playing catch for about 10 minutes before disappearing to the cages to hit off a tee before the Sox opened a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The eyes of manager Robin Ventura, conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas, coaches Joe McEwing and Mark Parent and manager of cultural development Lino Diaz were on Abreu as he took the ground balls.
Diaz, who serves as the team’s translator, relayed afterward that Abreu said he “felt great.”
Abreu has posterior tibial tendinitis and been on the disabled list since May 18 with inflammation in his left ankle. His left foot is no longer in a boot, but he is using orthotics, which Ventura “he’s not real happy wearing.”
“It’s progressing, it’s getting better,” Ventura said. “I know he’s not happy sitting on the bench. Even if he was in a cast, he wouldn’t be happy or out of it. It’s getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same.”
The Sox official word on a timeline is that there is none. A brief rehab stint before he comes back would seem to be likely.
The Sox are 4-4 since Abreu went on the DL. A return next Monday would come in time for the start of a six-game road trip against the Dodgers and Angels, which precedes a homestand against the Tigers, Royals and Giants.
Abreu ranks among major-league leaders in homers (second with 15), extra-base hits (tied for third with 27) and RBI (tied for third with 42).