Robin Ventura continues to hear opponents offering compliments about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.
Abreu, who has a team-high 19 home runs this season, has drawn rave reviews from the opposition, Ventura said Friday. Most of the comments center around Abreu’s maturity and how he carries himself, Ventura said.
“They're just impressed with his professionalism,” Ventura said. “He's not a flamboyant guy, but he comes to work. I think they come out, even for (batting practice), and watch him. I think everybody's interested because they've heard about him but they haven't seen him, so everybody comes out to watch. That's the first thing they notice is how he goes about his work. He's very meticulous and professional about his work and I think people appreciate that.”
Garcia gets to work
Avisail Garcia has been performing limited baseball activity the past few days, roughly eight weeks after he had surgery to repair his torn left labrum. But even though he has been seen toting a bat and playing catch, these are the early days in a lengthy recovery process. The average recovery time for a torn labrum is six-to-eight months.
The White Sox have ruled Garcia out for the season but he could play somewhere this winter.
“This is really just the start of a long process for him,” Ventura said. “Just because he's out here right now, I don't necessarily see him making it back for this year. The prognosis the whole time was he would be back for spring training. It's a long process, so this is the start of it. Hopefully he can move along and everything goes smoothly, but just because he's out here right now doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be here at the end of the year to play in games.”
Sox sign reliever to minor-league deal
Right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez signed a minor-league deal and is headed to Triple-A Charlotte. Rodriguez, who has 150 appearances in the majors, will be placed on Charlotte’s disabled list.
Rodriguez has pitched for Oakland, Washington, the Cubs and Miami. He has a 4.31 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 150 1/3 innings.