Jose Abreu is out of the boot and back to work.
The White Sox are pleased with what Abreu accomplished on Monday, his first day of activity since he was placed in a walking boot and went on the 15-day disabled list.
Abreu, who is eligible to come off the DL next Monday in Los Angeles, has been on the DL since May 18. He took 25-30 ground balls, threw for 10 minutes and hit off a tee in the indoor batting cages. Abreu then headed for treatment but not before he updated Lino Diaz, the team’s manager of cultural development, on his progress.
“Everything is good, really good,” Diaz said. “(Abreu) got in all the work he needed, no pain. He felt great.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Abreu hasn’t liked his time on the bench. Abreu said earlier this week he has had difficulty watching some of the team’s games now that he has rejoined the club. He left in the middle of the series at Houston to return to Chicago for further examination and treatment, which including wearing the boot which immobilized his ankle for the last eight days.
“He’s not real happy with wearing any type of orthotics,” Ventura said. “It’s progressing, it’s getting better. I know he’s not happy sitting on the bench. Even if he was in a cast, he wouldn’t be happy or out of it. It’s getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same.”