White Sox slugger Jose Abreu not worried by homerless stretch

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu not worried by homerless stretch
August 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO — Though he hasn’t homered in 56 plate appearances, Jose Abreu doesn’t seem to be too worried.

The White Sox slugger has continued to hit and reach base in a stretch that dates back to the seventh inning of a July 29 win at the Detroit Tigers. Abreu, who still leads the majors with 86 RBIs and is tied for the lead with 31 homers, has a .319/.429/.409 slash line despite the lack of long balls.

“That’s normal,” Abreu said through the team’s manager of cultural development, Lino Diaz. “It happens. It happened to me in Cuba a lot. There are periods of time when I can hit a lot of home runs, and there are times when you get cold. It’s called ups and downs of baseball. I know they will be back. Whenever they come in, they’ll come in. I’m not really looking for them. I’m just trying to help the team any way I can.”

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Carroll moved to Sunday

With two days off this week, the White Sox shuffled their rotation around with Jose Quintana starting the series finale on Wednesday. Originally Scott Carroll was supposed to start Wednesday, but manager Robin Ventura said the club wants to give his blister more time to heal. Throwing Carroll on Sunday also gives Chris Sale and Quintana five days in between each of their next starts. They’re expected to go on Monday and Tuesday, Ventura said.

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Other notes

— Ventura thinks pitching coach Don Cooper will return to the club on Friday and reported that Cooper said he’s feeling better. Cooper has vertigo and has missed 17 games this season, including a pair of road trips.

— Ventura asked umpires to review the play at home in the 10th inning on Tuesday night because he thought Giants catcher Buster Posey might have illegally blocked Jordan Danks’ path to the plate. After a 72-second review the call was confirmed, and Danks was out.

“It’s a vague rule,” Ventura said. “At that point our guys said, ‘Take a look a look at it.’”

— Toronto hasn’t announced any of its starters for this weekend’s three-game series. The White Sox will throw Hector Noesi on Friday, John Danks on Saturday and Carroll in the finale.

— Abreu said he has used Adam Dunn’s model bat for the past two or three months. The size of the bat is the same as Abreu had used before. He prefers Dunn’s model.

“It’s a really good bat,” Abreu said. “I like the model. That’s why I use them. But I’m very thankful to Adam to allow me to do that.”