Abreu (infection) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
With less than a week left in the regular season and the White Sox well out of playoff contention, the team opted to shut down the stud first baseman. Abreu played just six games over the final month and a half of the season due to multiple injuries, preventing him from reaching 25 homers and 100 RBI for the first time in his five-year career. He should be ready to go by the start of spring training.
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.
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