Abreu went 3-for-4 in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Royals.
Abreu played for the first time after missing 19 games due to an abdomen injury. The DL stint, his first significant absence in five MLB seasons, likely puts an end to his quest for MLB history, as Abreu was attempting to join Albert Pujols and Joe Dimaggio as the only major leaguers with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBI in five straight seasons to start their respective careers.
Abreu (abdomen) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.
Abreu, who underwent surgery to relieve testicular torsion last week, has been cleared to rejoin the White Sox after successfully working through baseball activities on the field over the weekend (including running, taking live batting practice and fielding groundballs). The veteran first baseman wound up spending close to three weeks on the shelf. Abreu, who is hitting .272/.331/.491 with 22 homers and 78 RBI through 122 games this season, should immediately reclaim his role as the team's starting first baseman.
Abreu (abdomen) fielded groundballs and ran in the field prior to Sunday's game, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sunday's activity comes after Abreu took live batting practice Saturday, signalling the slugger is ready to return. "We are not trying to rush him,'' manager Rick Renteria said. "We want to make sure he feels really good about where he's at, and as soon as we are assured that he feels good and our guys in the medical staff feel good about, then we will proceed.'' Abreu could be in the starting lineup Monday against the Royals.
Abreu (abdomen) is expected to return to the lineup Monday, Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Some reports suggested Abreu could return ahead of Sunday's contest, but it seems his return date has simply been pushed back a single day. Look for him to reclaim his starting spot at first base against the Royals on Monday.
Abreu (abdomen) is not listed on the lineup card for Sunday's contest against the Angels, Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Earlier reports suggested that the All-Star first baseman could return for Sunday's series finale, but the White Sox will instead continue to slow-play his return. Abreu could still return ahead of Monday's game against the Royals, though his exact return date is still a bit murky. Matt Davidson will continue to man first base until Abreu is back in action.
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