Abreu's last home run came on June 23, but he's still hitting .329 in July. Abreu has improved his batting average every month this season but his home run and RBI totals continue to lag in comparison to his past two years. Regardless, the third-year player will continue to earn playing time as the starting first baseman as he still ranks second among White Sox players in RBI and is hitting .026 points higher than the team's cumulative batting average.
Abreu is getting the day off Friday to rest his fatigued legs, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Levine reports that Abreu is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, but the Cuban slugger will need the day off Friday to rest his legs after starting each of the last 25 games. Todd Frazier is sliding over to take his spot at first base Friday, but Abreu figures to take back over at first once he returns to the lineup.
Abreu is absent from the White Sox lineup as they host the Blue Jays Friday. Todd Frazier will start in place of Abreu at first base. Abreu is hitting .308 over his last 10 games with three home runs and 13 RBI. Assuming this is just a routine day off for Abreu, expect him back in the lineup as the White Sox face R.A. Dickey Saturday.
Abreu went 2-for-4 with three-run homer in Thursday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. For a time, it looked as though he'd be this game's hero, as Abreu's shot in the top of the seventh turned a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 lead. Unfortunately, the Red Sox chipped away at the Chicago bullpen and ended up with the win. Nonetheless, after two cold months to start the year, Abreu's been looking much more Abreu-like in June -- he's sitting on a .333 average with five homers and 20 RBI in 20 games.
Abreu went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Red Sox. Abreu's tenth-inning double off Craig Kimbrel was the deciding hit in a dramatic extra-inning affair. While none of the White Sox were able to get it going against starter Steven Wright, their slugging first baseman delivered when it counted against an elite bullpen arm. His resulting triple slash line sits at .267/.325/.440.