Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu, Royals’ Hunter Dozier exit after collision

May 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) and Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (17) lay on the field after colliding along the first base line during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu sustained a bruised left knee and facial contusion following a fierce collision with Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier during the first game of a doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and host Royals on Friday.

The collision occurred in the second inning when Dozier popped up a Lucas Giolito pitch and headed to first with his head down as Abreu charged.

The pop-up was caught in foul territory by White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, but neither Dozier or Abreu saw the other player approaching. After both players stayed on the ground for a few minutes, Abreu finally limped off the field, and the White Sox later listed him as day to day.

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Dozier, who sustained a quad contusion and neck discomfort, was replaced in the field in the bottom of the inning. He is listed as day-to-day by the Royals.

Abreu, who drove in a run with a first-inning sacrifice fly, is batting .240 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 36 games this season.

Dozier is batting just .139 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 33 games.

–Field Level Media