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White Sox’ Jose Abreu on track to return Monday
Jose Abreu looks to be on course to rejoin the White Sox Monday, when he becomes eligible to come off the disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle.
The Sox do not have a minor-league rehab stint planned for Abreu, Ventura said, although it hasn’t been ruled out.
“You’re trying to see if you can get him the work here so he wouldn’t have to go out,” Ventura said. “[Trainer] Herm [Schneider] wants him here just to watch him, and we’ll figure out if we can get somebody here to simulate something to make him do it here instead of having to go play in a game.”
Abreu took about 40 ground balls at first base Wednesday. He moved from side to side, making throws to second base. With Ventura, general manager Rick Hahn and vice president Ken Williams watching from the dugout, Abreu took live batting practice, finishing a short session by hitting one into the left field seats. Ventura said Abreu’s progress has been good.
Abreu is batting .260 with 15 homers, 11 doubles and 42 RBI. The Sox open a six-game road trip Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start against Chris Sale in a matchup of two of baseball’s top left-handers.
“He still says it’s feeling better every time he goes out there,” Ventura said. “He’s tried a couple of different braces to try to alleviate what was there and to make it feel better and have more stability and things like that. It’s a work in progress of trying to find the right mix right now that is going to be the one he goes forward with and plays with.”
Ventura said Abreu won’t be held back and should be able to play first base and not designated hitter when he returns. And as of Wednesday that hope was for Monday.
“If something happens, then you can push that back, but for right now, that’s the schedule,” Ventura said.