ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Abreu’s first day off sounds like it came at the right time.
The White Sox slugger, who has one hit in his last 21 at-bats, said it’s not that pitchers have done anything to catch him off-guard but that he has gotten away from his approach and needs to make an adjustment.
Abreu wasn’t in the starting lineup for the first time this season on Thursday and grounded out in a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning. He said the day off was “welcome” and said the chance to watch a game is a “good deal.”
Despite the recent spell, Abreu still is tied for the team lead in home runs with four and RBIs (14) and has an .811 OPS.
“I don’t think they are pitching different you know, in a different way,” Abreu said through a translator. “I just have to become a little more disciplined. I have been chasing a little bit of pitches out of the zone. … It’s just a matter of adjustments. I started a little bit up and down but that’s part of the game. You have to make adjustments and that’s what this is. That’s the time to make adjustments right now. But you know all you have to do is continue to work hard throughout the season and then at the end of the season we’ll see what we got.”