White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will be sidelined for at least Chicago’s current three-game road series against the Minnesota Twins due to left ankle inflammation, manager Tony La Russa said Monday.
Abreu’s ninth-inning slide into home plate Sunday provided the winning run against the Kansas City Royals, but it came at a price when the defending American League MVP tweaked his ankle. The team is not planning to put him on the injured list as of now.
There was no indication Abreu was injured Sunday, with the slugger saying he felt “intense” pain in his ankle when the team’s flight landed at Minnesota on Sunday evening. He underwent both X-rays and an MRI, with the latter revealing the inflammation.
“At this moment I feel better but still in pain,” Abreu said through an interpreter before Monday’s series opener against the Twins. “I’ll be getting treatment to come back ready to play as soon as possible. I’m keeping a positive mindset and attitude.”
It was a rough weekend for Abreu, who collided with the Royals’ Hunter Dozier on Friday before he returned Saturday to go 2-for-4 with a home run. He had two more hits Sunday before scoring the game-wining run.
“The ankle got turned in a peculiar way,” La Russa said. “He’s gotten beat up the last couple of days, no doubt.”
Rookie Andrew Vaughn started at first base for the White Sox on Monday.
Through 38 games this season, Abreu is batting .255 with an .827 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, eight home runs and 33 RBIs. In 60 games during his MVP season last year, he batted .317 with a .987 OPS, 19 home runs with 60 RBIs.
In eight seasons, all with the White Sox, the Cuba native is batting .293 with an .869 OPS, 206 home runs with 704 RBIs. The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a three-time All-Star.
–Field Level Media