White Sox: Ventura decides to give Jose Abreu a breather

White Sox: Ventura decides to give Jose Abreu a breather
July 22, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Jose Abreu didn’t get as much of a break as his teammates last week so he’ll get one now.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura is resting Abreu on Tuesday but said the team’s cleanup hitter should be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Ventura said Abreu -- who batted once and played four innings in the All-Star Game last Tuesday -- looked as if he could use a rest during Monday’s game even though the slugger extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double.

“You just see little things, back stuff and him moving around,” Ventura said. “It looks like today is a good day to do it.

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“I talked to him last night after the game and just being honest with him and him being honest with me so today was just a good day to do it.”

Abreu has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games.

He has a .292/.341/.619 slash line with 29 homers and 74 RBIs in 369 plate appearances and Ventura said he has showed no lingering effects from an ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list in May. Ventura said Abreu is available to pinch hit. He also doesn’t think Abreu will hit a wall physically even though he never played more than 90 games in a professional season in Cuba.

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“Other guys do it,” Ventura said. “It’s not like he’s from another planet and he can’t do it. I think every time a player does it for the first time there will be adjustments and things will be different. Other guys have done it and been able to manage it. I don’t think he will fall apart once he gets over 100 games.”

Flowers’ wife gives birth

Tyler Flowers isn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday after his wife, Nancy, gave birth to the couple’s second child. Flowers played in Monday’s game and made it to the hospital in time for the birth of son, Brantley Cole, Ventura said.

Other notes

-- Pitching coach Don Cooper is still out with vertigo and there’s no timetable for his return. Ventura said Cooper could miss the start of the team’s seven-game road trip that begins Thursday in Minneapolis.

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-- Matt Lindstrom (ankle tendon injury) is set to throw live batting practice this weekend. “He looks a lot better moving around on his ankle,” Ventura said. “He was getting along and then you saw him run around and do that and he wasn’t quite as close (in Cleveland). Now he looks like he’s able to do that.”

-- Play-by-play announcer Hawk Harrelson said he will attend Sunday’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.