GLENDALE, Ariz. — Robin Ventura sees games like Wednesday when Jose Abreu finished with three hits and is glad he’s a member of the White Sox.
Abreu went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as he continues to make adjustments to how pitchers have approached him.
Ventura knows Abreu will have some rough days as he adjusts to life in a new league. But he also thinks there will be plenty of good ones ahead, too, because of his approach.
“Every day is something new for him, seeing new pitchers,” Ventura said. “He continues to improve. The more guys he sees, he’s still able to adjust. They’re adjusting to him too, but you see him make adjustments inside. I know people are throwing them inside, and he’s able to adjust.”
Abreu is in the first year of a six-year, $68-million deal. So far he has impressed teammates, coaches and the front office with his work ethic. That hard work has also translated to the field where Abreu is hitting .308 with two home runs and nine RBIs. He also has only struck out five times in 39 at-bats.
“He’s a quality hitter,” Ventura said. “Even going through, he homered, but knocking in runs late in the game with guys in scoring position. He’s a professional hitter, and I’m glad he’s with us.”