DETROIT — He’s not calling him a Hall of Famer because he knows how many obstacles Jose Abreu has to overcome to get there.
It’s also hard to say a player who is only four months into his career is destined for Cooperstown. But were Abreu to continue to perform as he has so far, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf could see him follow in the footsteps of Frank Thomas and get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“It’s pretty hard to anoint a guy in his first year, especially because to get the 10 years in he needs, he’s going to have to play until he’s 37,” Reinsdorf said. “But if he were to put up the numbers he has put up so far this year for 10 years, sure, he’d go in.”
Abreu has been fantastic through the team’s first 106 games.
He entered Tuesday with a .294/.344/.619 slash line, 30 home runs and 79 RBIs in 393 plate appearances. Abreu entered the series opener against the Detroit Tigers riding a 17-game hitting streak with hits in 35 of the past 36 contests.
“He measures up against anybody in the league,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Him being a rookie, he’s not necessarily a young guy, but when you’re doing that your first time through the league, it’s pretty impressive.
“Pitchers make adjustments, he makes adjustments. That’s been the impressive part of him — it’s not a one-week thing.”
Lindstrom faces Garcia
Matt Lindstrom faced Avisail Garcia in a simulated game and while they’re both close to a rehab assignment no announcement is expected while the team is in Detroit, Ventura said.
Lindstrom said he has made significant strides the past two weeks in regard to mobility and is closer to a return than Garcia. Ventura said Lindstrom, who suffered an ankle tendon injury in May, is expected to throw another simulated game at home before any decision is made.
Garcia, who tore his left labrum in April, continues to progress but the White Sox still won’t push him. Ventura would love for the outfielder to return but only if everything is in order.
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“Where he’s at right now you expect at some point to be able to see him,” Ventura said. “But I’m sure he’ll get home and doctors will look at him again and everybody has to make sure he’s 100 percent when he goes out there.
“I don’t think we’re going to be pressing that he has to make it here. But if he’s totally healthy and he’s ready to go I know I would be happy to see him.”
— Prospect Chris Beck has been promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Beck, the team’s second-round pick in 2012, went 5-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 20 starts at Double-A Birmingham.
— Hawk Harrelson will miss all three games of the Detroit series for personal reasons.