Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu was sent to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with ankle tendonitis in his left ankle.
Abreu, 27, currently leads the league in home runs with 15 and has had a rather impressive rookie campaign. Before the injury, Abreu was hitting .260 with 45 hits, 42 RBI, and has an OPS of .908 through 44 games this season. The Cuban slugger has already made league history in April by being named Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in his first month of major league service.
The White Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the disabled list in a corresponding move, but the team will miss Abreu’s production at the plate, which was evident in Sunday’s 8-2 loss in Houston.
‘Right now, we’re looking a lot different [offensively] than we did a week ago,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘You take somebody like Abreu out of there, it just looks different. And it needs to pick up because he’s not going to be here for a couple of weeks.’’
Abreu signed a six-year contract worth $68 million this off-season to come play in the majors. The team has a few options with first base position as they can play either Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko, who has seen considerably less playing time in what will likely be his final season in a White Sox uniform. In 25 games this season, Konerko is hitting a dismal .192 with only 10 hits and one home run. On Sunday, the 38-year old team captain went 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
The team is taking the proper precautions with resting Abreu because they will certainly need him going forward if they hope to make a run at the playoffs in Konerko’s final season. The team is currently 21-24 and are nine games behind the surging Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.