Jose Abreu won’t classify his sore left ankle as an injury on Friday but rather as something that may hinder him.
But the White Sox first baseman doesn’t plan to miss any time with a sore left ankle that had him hobbling on Thursday. Abreu, who said he’s better and is in the lineup on Friday, said he left Thursday’s game early because the White Sox were getting blown out and not because of his ankle. But Abreu --- who was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday’s blowout loss --- will make his second start as the team’s designated hitter on Friday.
“It’s not in an injury,” Abreu said. “It’s bothers me a little bit. We don’t know exactly where it’s coming from. It might be from playing, but it’s nothing alarming.
“I wouldn’t say limited. I’ll play every day. It’s not that bad.”
Abreu received treatment before and after Thursday’s game.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t like how it looked when Abreu ran out two ground balls on Thursday. Ventura said the soreness isn’t related to the ligament, bone or tendon.
“Its just irritation in there,” Ventura said. “I think it's more behind the ankle than anything. It's different than the one in spring training. So he's just got some soreness in there. Even though it looks bad, it's not going to make it any worse.”
Abreu missed two days near the end of spring training with a sore ankle, but the club doesn’t believe this is related. Ventura doesn’t think one incident triggered the soreness but it’s the result of fouling pitches off his ankle repeatedly.
Ventura still wants to give Abreu a day where he doesn’t have to be on his feet consistently while keeping his bat in the lineup. Abreu leads the White Sox and the American League with 12 home runs, 35 RBIs, a .608 slugging percentage and 87 total bases.
“He hasn't felt comfortable enough to wear that brace,” Ventura said. “But I think just tonight just to keep him off first base. Hopefully it settles down and he's all right. You see him limping around. He says he's fine. But it's hard to watch of him limping around. You think it might be getting worse. So tonight we can DH him.”
Abreu said the ankle bothers him when he puts weight on it.
He said he and the training staff have done hot and cold treatment but he believes he can play through the pain.
“The front leg for me is harder for me because that’s where I put all my weight when I swing so you know the back leg wouldn't be as bad,” Abreu said. “It’s one of those things that happens. You just have to work through it and I’m prepared to work through it.”