Abreu showed up to camp 15 pounds lighter, and is aiming to become a better defender in 2018, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
During Abreu's first four years in the major leagues, he's finished with 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI in each season with the White Sox. The 31-year-old first baseman slashed .304/.352/.552 in 2017 and worked hard in the offseason to cut weight in order become a better defender -- he also wants permission to swipe more bags, despite having just six career stolen bases. Expect more of the same from Abreu in 2018, as he's in a position to put up yet another impressive year.
Abreu received a $2.175 million bump during his second year being arbitration eligible. It was well deserved after the 30-year-old slashed .304/.354/.552 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI during the 2017 season. Abreu will once again be a hot commodity heading into this upcoming campaign.
Abreu went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.
Abreu was the lone bright spot in another quiet offensive night for the White Sox. The 30-year-old posted his fifth multi-homer game of the season and the 11th of his career. With a career-high 185 hits this season, the slugging first baseman is on pace to close out the campaign with a .300-plus average for the first time since his dominant 2014 season. He currently holds a gaudy .307/.358/.561 slashline with 33 long balls and 102 RBI.
Abreu (shin) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Abreu sat out the last two games and underwent an MRI on his sore shin, but the results of the exam did not reveal any sort of long-term injury, and he is ready to get back in the lineup Tuesday. He will man first base and hit third against Angels starter Parker Bridwell.
An MRI on Abreu's shin came back negative, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Abreu fouled a ball off his shin Saturday, and while the White Sox didn't believe the issue was anything serious, they sent him for some tests as confirmation. The good news is the tests revealed nothing new, and the hope remains that Abreu will be able to rejoin the White Sox's starting nine for Tuesday's matchup. In the meantime, Matt Davidson should continue to man first base.
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