Jose Abreu plans to arrive at spring training early next month.
Perhaps it’s to get a feel for batting gloves.
The Cuban star and new White Sox first baseman is in Glendale, Ariz. this week to participate with a group of teammates in a mini-hitter camp.
Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68-million deal on Oct. 29, Matt Davidson, Adam Eaton, Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker are all participants in the three-day camp.
This is one of the first glimpses of Abreu, who became somewhat of an internet sensation during his free agency period because he rarely played outside of Cuba except for international tournaments. Abreu gained notoriety for several YouTube clips in which he belted long home runs in World Baseball Classic play without the aid of batting gloves.
But Abreu said on Tuesday his bare hands should soon be covered.
“In Cuba for reasons we all know you never wear batting gloves,” Abreu said through a translator. “But here I’ve been introduced to batting gloves and you’ll see me wearing (them) pretty soon.”
He also plans to call the team’s Camelback Ranch facility home shortly, too.
Abreu said will arrive in Glendale on Feb. 3, more than 2 1/ 2 weeks before the Feb. 20 report date for position players.
Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 15.
“I wouldn’t say I’m anxious but I want to start,” Abreu said. “I want to get it going. That’s why I’m going to come back in and get it going here.”