Ventura: Jose Abreu is fine after early exit on Friday

Ventura: Jose Abreu is fine after early exit on Friday
August 29, 2014, 11:30 pm
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He didn’t leave Friday’s game until late but White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu appeared to be dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

Abreu appeared to have aggravated the area while running from first to third base on Avisail Garcia’s first-inning double in a 7-1 White Sox loss to the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. At the end of the play, Abreu pulled up at third and grabbed the back of his right leg.

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But Abreu stayed in the game until the ninth inning and finished 3-for-3 with a walk. He raised his average to .316 with an eighth-inning double before Dayan Viciedo replaced him at the start of the ninth inning. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he wanted to rest Abreu with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday.

“He's fine,” Ventura said. “I think he's just tired. That's a part of it when you do things like that. He's been on base a lot. Just trying to give him a breather so you get him out of there.”

Abreu received treatment after Friday’s game, a White Sox official said.