Jose Abreu leaves White Sox game early with sore ankle

Jose Abreu leaves White Sox game early with sore ankle
May 9, 2014, 12:30 am
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Jose Abreu exited Thursday night’s blowout loss early with a left ankle injury.

Though the White Sox first baseman could be seen limping down the line several times, manager Robin Ventura downplayed any concerns about the severity.

Abreu remained in the 12-5 loss to the Cubs until the bottom of the ninth inning when he was lifted for pinch hitter Marcus Semien.

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The White Sox said after the game Abreu injured his left ankle. He received treatment for the injury and was unavailable for comment.

“He just seemed like he was limping a little bit tonight, that’s why in the end there I took him out,” Ventura said of Abreu. “He says he’s fine. He’s limping around a little bit, but he’ll be fine.

“He had this before. He says it’s not like it was in spring training so I don’t expect him to be out.”

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The reigning American League rookie and player of the month, Abreu missed two days near the end of spring training with a sore left ankle.

At the time of the injury, Abreu said two days of rest significantly helped him recover.

Abreu couldn’t remember experiencing any other serious ankle issues before and bounced back quickly after he returned. The slugger has shown few signs of soreness over the first 36 games. Abreu, who went 1-for-4, is hitting .266 and leads the team with 12 homers and 35 RBIs. He also has a team-high .619 slugging percentage through 35 games.

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“Two days really helped,” Abreu said through a translator in March. “The doctors and people recommend five days to take the soreness away, but it was way too much for me. I feel two days was really good, and it’s definitely helped.”

Ventura said its possible he could use Abreu as a designated hitter before he reiterated the slugger is fine.