by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/23/2015)There's no denying White Sox slugger Jose Abreu had a pretty impressive rookie season in 2014. He was named AL Rookie of the Year after he hit .317 with 35 doubles, 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games. He made the All-Star team. He won a Silver Slugger award. He also finished fourth in the AL MVP race.
"I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or be better," said Abreu through translator and White Sox Spanish-language broadcaster Billy Russo, per MLB.com. "I just can say that I will try to do the best every day to help the team win games.
"If the numbers are the same as last year, it's good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team. [The front office] gave us the opportunity to be better this year and to compete this year. That is the most important thing for us in baseball."
White Sox' Adam LaRoche will give Jose Abreu some rest
General manager Rick Hahn said Abreu "ran out of gas" down the stretch last season. It was Abreu's first year in the majors, and he wore down a bit as he played the most games of his career during a single season. Abreu's power numbers did drop in the second half, but he was able to hit .350 in the second half.
LaRoche will spell Abreu at first a few times a week, allowing Abreu to spend some more time at designated hitter. The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats last year.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu could see more days off in 2015
"I'm excited about the depth we have right now," Abreu said. "That is something good and will put us in the position to compete and I'm very excited about that.
"I've been working the same way on my defense. It doesn't matter if I'm playing more or less games because that is part of my game. I have to be a complete player and I can't work less and still be that. I have the same mentality, it doesn't matter who will be on the team. I just prepare myself to be successful and 100 percent on the field."
Abreu hit .317 in 2014 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI. He was also unanimously voted the AL Rookie of the Year.
Jose Abreu a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (11/10/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously, drawing all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Abreu, 27, who defected from Cuba last offseason, batted .317/.383/.581 with 35 doubles, 36 homers and 107 RBI.
Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.
Agent claims Cuban slugger Tomas has 'a lot more' power than Abreu
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/10/2014)The Phillies met Monday with the agent for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, according to CSNPhilly.com. The two sides have been in talks since Tomas worked out for the Phillies in September.
"There are several teams that I could say are frontrunners, but yes (the Phillies are one of them)," Jay Alou said at the general managers' meetings Monday. "We continue to speak. I know they have things in-house they want to take care of. We’ve been talking. I respect (general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.) a lot and he respects me."
The Phillies are expected to make an offer for Tomas, but no formal offer has been made yet, according to Alou. The Padres, Tigers, Mets and Giants are some of the other teams showing interest in Tomas.
Tomas is a power-hitting corner outfielder. Alou said his client has "a lot more" power than White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who hit 36 home runs as a rookie in 2014.
"With the way home runs are going, this is a guy who can hit 40," Alou said. "He can miss balls and hit them out. Tomas is a very impressive hitter. I represent Jose Bautista and he hits a lot of home runs. I’ve never seen a guy hit them as far (as Tomas)."
'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (10/14/2014)By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.
Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.
"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."
Jose Abreu ties White Sox rookie record
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/15/2014)After going three weeks without a home run, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu homered for the second time in as many days Sunday against the Twins, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI. The solo shot in the ninth inning gave him 35 on the season, tying the White Sox rookie record set by Ron Kittle in 1983.
"He's a good hitter so this isn't a surprise that he hit a home run,” manager Robin Ventura told ESPN.com. "He's been pretty consistent just as a hitter. The power's going to be there. He went through a little stretch where he wasn't hitting many home runs, but it's there."
In addition to the home runs, Abreu is also batting .322 on the season, including .354 since the beginning of June -- a span of 89 games.
"He's a better hitter than he is a power hitter and he's a heck of a power hitter too, so that’s the way I look at him," teammate Paul Konerko said. "He's not just a slugger."
Jose Abreu taters for first time in three weeks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/14/2014)So much for the power outage of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Abreu slammed a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday that went for naught in a loss to Minnesota. It was his first since Aug. 22.
Abreu had already ripped a run-scoring single in the fourth inning as his stat line improved to .322/.384/.604 on the season.
Manager befuddled by Jose Abreu power outage
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/11/2014)Robin Ventura has expressed wonderment as to why White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is no longer slugging. But Ventura has also voiced confidence that the power outage is temporary.
"I'll take my chances with him of still being able to have the power," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Why it's not there right now? I don't know."
Abreu hasn't homered since Aug. 22, which covers a span of 16 games. But he has still hit safely in 14 of those games.
Jose Abreu serving as DH due to leg soreness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/30/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is staying off his feet for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, as he is in the lineup as the designated hitter to start the day. Abreu is dealing with some leg soreness, but it is not expected to keep him out of the lineup at any point.
Jose Abreu ends homer drought
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/20/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu ended his homer drought Tuesday against the Orioles.
Abreu struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Abreu took an 84 mph changeup out to left center for the solo shot. The home run snapped a steak of 77 plate appearances without a dinger. Abreu finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.
Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/16/2014)
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?
The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately.
On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances.
The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep.
Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time.
Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add.
Jose Abreu stretches hitting streak to 21 in Friday victory
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/2/2014)Jose Abreu did Friday night what Jose Abreu does - all that was missing was the home run.
The White Sox slugger singled in a run in the fourth to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 84. He finished the game with three singles, two runs scored and a walk in aiding a shootout win over the Twins.
Abreu now boasts a 21-game hitting streak and has hit safely in an increasingly ridiculous 39 of 40 games.
Jose Abreu remains on fire with three-hit game in Motor City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/1/2014)The only unusual aspect of another big game for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Thursday was that he neither scored nor drove in a run. Other than that - typical Abreu.
The breakout star doubled twice, singled and walked twice in helping his team defeat Detroit. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 and has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games. He leads the majors in home runs with 31 and RBI with 83.
No slowing down for Jose Abreu as July nears end
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/30/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continued his hot hitting Tuesday, in an 11-4 win over the Tigers.
Abreu drove in four runs in the massive performance, as he strung together his third multi-hit effort in the last four games. He went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run, and then followed that up with a two-run double in the eighth inning. He also scored twice in the blowout win.
Abreu has been red-hot for the last two months, and has taken his game to another level. He is hitting .359/.412/.652 in the month of July, raising his season batter average to .299.
Jose Abreu hits number 30
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (7/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his 30th home run Friday against the Twins.
Abreu got to work immediately, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With two men on, Abreu crushed a hanging curveball out to center for a three-run shot. Abreu also singled and was hit by a pitch during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI.
Jose Abreu back on field Wednesday for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (7/23/2014)White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has recovered enough from a back ailment to return to the lineup Wednesday against Kansas City. He missed the game Tuesday night.
Abreu returns on a tear. He has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games and has raised his average from .260 to .292 during that stretch. He leads the majors with 29 home runs.
Jose Abreu gets night off with sore back
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/22/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is getting the day off Tuesday against the Royals, due to minor soreness in his back, manager Robin Ventura told reporters.
Abreu is available to pinch-hit off the bench Tuesday, and is expected back in the lineup in time for Wednesday's game. This is the first game Abreu has missed since he returned from the disabled list in early June.
Jose Abreu riding 11-game hitting streak
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/21/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu owns an 11-game hitting streak after going 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday. He's batting .400 (18 for 45) during the streak.
Abreu has hit safely in 29 of his past 30 games, hitting .353 in that span. For the season the All-Star is batting .293 with 29 homers and 74 RBI.
Jose Abreu has hit safely in 26 of his last 27 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/16/2014)White Sox All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu will open the second half of the season with an eight-game hitting streak. In fact, the rookie first baseman has failed to record a hit just once in his last 27 games.
Abreu is batting .355 with a .400 on-base percentage, .692 slugging percentage and 1.092 OPS in his last 27 games. He also has six doubles, 10 home runs, 15 runs, 22 RBI, eight walks (five intentional), 18 strikeouts and one stolen base in that span.
Jose Abreu slugs homer No. 28
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/10/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu moved back into a tie for first in the home run race Wednesday, as he clubbed his 28th homer of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.
Abreu opened the game with a solo shot in the first inning, and ended up finishing the game 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run. It was his third home run in the last nine games, and gave him 28 for the season, to go with 70 RBI.
Abreu is hitting .284/.333/.627 in 306 at-bats through the first 78 games of his rookie season.
Jose Abreu doubles twice, reaches base four times
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/9/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu put together a big game Tuesday, in an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.
Abreu reached base four times in the game, as he went 3 for 4 with a walk. He added a pair of double, though did not drive in any runs, while scoring once in the win.
Abreu is hitting .281/.331/.619 in 77 games, while ranking second in the American League with 27 home runs and fourth with 69 RBI.
American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (7/6/2014)On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (7/5/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu belted his 27th home run Friday against the Mariners.
Abreu stepped to the plate with one man on in the fifth inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Abreu hammered a 92 mph fastball out to left center for the two run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Abreu finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. He's hitting .280/.330/.629 over 286 at-bats.
Jose Abreu opens doubleheader with three-run shot
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/2/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had one hit in each game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels.
Abreu went 1 for 3 with a walk in the 8-4 loss in game one, though his one hit was a three-run home run to push him back into the league lead for home runs. He followed that up by going 1 for 4 in a 7-5 loss in the second game.
Abreu has taken the league by storm as a rookie. In 71 games, he has 26 home runs and 67 RBI, both of which put him into a tie for the major-league lead. He is also hitting .280/.329/.627 in 279 at-bats, ranking fifth in the American League in OPS.
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/28/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continued his home run binge Friday against the White Sox.
Playing against home run leader Edwin Encarnacion, Abreu apparently came into the game with something to prove. In the fifth inning, Abreu hit his first home run of the game. He worked a seven-pitch at-bat from R.A. Dickey, before taking him out to left.
Abreu's next home run came in an identical situation. He led off the seventh against R.A. Dickey. After working a five-pitch at-bat, Abreu muscled a solo shot to center field. Abreu has now hit 25 home runs this season, and is tied with Encarnacion and Nelson Cruz for the league-lead. He's hitting .280/.330/.633 over 264 at-bats.
Jose Abreu smacks historic home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2 for 5 with a walk and a record-setting home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Orioles Wednesday.
Abreu became the first player in major-league history to hit 23 home runs in his first 65 games played after slugging his fourth-inning home run. It was his fourth home run in his last eight games, and the slugger now owns a 10-game hitting streak. He has hit .276/.325/.615 with 61 RBI in 257 at-bats.
Jose Abreu knocks 22nd home run Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/23/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Orioles Monday.
Abreu, who served as the designated hitter in the game, earned his first RBI on a groundout in the third inning before smacking a solo home run in the sixth inning to even the game at 2-2. He collected his third RBI on a seventh-inning double that put his team up 4-2, but the Orioles offense came through in the end to deny the White Sox a win. Abreu has hit .274/.322/.613 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 248 at-bats during his rookie season.
Jose Abreu has career-high hitting streak
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (6/22/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has a career-high six-game hitting streak after recording two singles Saturday. He has driven in a run or homered in 11 of his last 22 games and is showing no ill effects with his earlier battle with ankle tendinitis, reports MLB.com.
"He's fine. He hasn't talked about it, he hasn't even brought it up," manager Robin Ventura said of Abreu. "Even when he's running around, you see him running pretty good. Sometimes it looks like something is there, but he ran like that when he first got here, so I think that's just part of the way he runs."
Abreu is hitting .271 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 240 at-bats.
Jose Abreu takes Tim Hudson deep in defeat of Giants
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (6/18/2014)White Sox slugger Jose Abreu continued to terrorize opposing pitchers Wednesday. His latest victim was Giants starter Tim Hudson, whom he took deep for a two-run tater in the first inning of a Chicago win. It was his 20th homer of the season.
Abreu also singled and scored in the fifth as he bolstered his stat line to .269/.321/.608.
Jose Abreu smashes 19th homer in Wednesday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (6/11/2014)White Sox slugger Jose Abreu did what he's been doing much of the season Wednesday night - he slugged a home run to help his team win.
Abreu deposited a Justin Verlander pitch 412 feet into the stands in the second inning and added two more hits and a walk in a runaway victory. His stat line now stands at an impressive .270/.323/.627. That slugging percentage ranks second in the majors.
Jose Abreu goes yard in win over Tigers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/9/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu launched his 18th home run of the season Monday night against the Tigers.
Abreu took starter Rick Porcello deep for a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He added double and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 6-5 win. He is hitting .260 with 18 homers and 49 RBI in 200 at-bats.
Jose Abreu smashes 17th home run in win vs. Dodgers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/4/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-1 win over the Dodgers Tuesday.
Abreu hit a home run in his return from an ankle injury Monday, then followed it up with another homer one day later. It was the second time this season he homered in consecutive games. Abreu has hit .265/.315/.619 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI in 181 at-bats.
Jose Abreu goes deep in first game back from DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/3/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu picked things up right where he left off, going yard in his first game back from the disabled list in his team's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
In his first game action since May 17, Abreu took starter Clayton Kershaw deep for a two-run home run in the fourth inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He owns a .260/.311/.605 slash line with a 16 homers and 44 RBI in 177 at-bats.
White Sox activate Jose Abreu
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (6/2/2014)The White Sox reinstated first baseman Jose Abreu from the disabled list, and he should be in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers. Abreu was hitting .260 with 15 homers and 42 RBI before suffering the ankle injury and going on the DL on May 18.
Jose Abreu able to get through sim game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/31/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was able to get through a simulated game Saturday.
Abreu took a few at-bats, and was able to run out a single. He also connected on at least two doubles, and was hit by a pitch. Abreu was seen limping slightly after the game, but it doesn't seem serious. The team expects him to go through another simulated game Sunday in preparation to be activated Monday. He's expected to be activated Monday as long as he does not experience a setback.
Jose Abreu on track to return Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/30/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (ankle) remains on track to return from the disabled list on Monday, ESPN Chicago reports.
"I'm hopeful," manager Robin Ventura said. "We're going to get him some workouts here (Saturday) and Sunday and see how he does. It's some simulated stuff that he can do that we wouldn't have to send him out on a rehab assignment. So, that's a part of the evaluation to make sure he's going to be ready to go, hopefully, Monday."
Monday return looks likely for Jose Abreu, without rehab
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/28/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu looks like he will be able to avoid a minor-league rehab assignment, and has a hard target date for his return from an ankle injury.
"We're going over that right now," manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com Wednesday. "You're trying to see if you can get him the work here so he wouldn't have to go out."
Abreu has been working out with the team, taking grounders and receiving treatment. Barring an unforeseen setback, he is hoping to return from the disabled list for the start of a series against the Dodgers Monday.
Jose Abreu 'felt great' after pregame workout
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu "felt great" after fielding 25 grounders, playing catch for 10 minutes and hitting 30 balls off a tee, reports MLB.com. Abreu (ankle) is eligible to come off the disabled list June 2.
Jose Abreu to do light work in batting cage
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who has shed his walking boot, will do light work in the batting cage before Monday's game against the Indians, reports CSNChicago.com. Abreu is on the 15-day DL with an ankle injury and is prepping for a June 2 return.
He's hitting .260 with 15 homers and 42 RBI.
Jose Abreu out of walking boot
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has shed his walking boot and is "obviously making progress with his ankle injury," reports ESPN. The slugger is on track to return early next month.
Jose Abreu expected back in minimum time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/22/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will remain in a walking boot through the weekend, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
"He's here today, receiving treatment," general manager Rick Hahn told the Daily Herald Thursday. "He remains in the boot and will stay in the boot through the weekend. We'll re-evaluate next week. So far he's progressing and we continue to be optimistic about him being ready about the time the 15 days are up."
Abreu has been on the disabled list say May 18 as a result of the injury, and seems on track to return in early June.
Jose Abreu to wear boot for several days
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/19/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will wear a boot for the next several days and be re-evaluated during the team's homestand, CSNChicago.com reports.
The White Sox return home for a 10-game homestand Thursday. Abreu is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his ankle. The team is moving cautiously with its breakout star.
Jose Abreu to have MRI on ankle
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/18/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will have an MRI on his injured ankle, according to CSNChicago.
The club is just being cautious with Abreu, and wants to make sure there's nothing more serious going on with the injury. He's currently expected to return once his 15-day stint is over. General manager Rick Hahn explained that the team will make sure everything is fine now that Abreu is on the DL. "Since we do now have 15 days, we’re going to take our time to exhaust the possibilities," Hahn said.
Abreu is hitting .260, with 15 home runs, in 173 at-bats.
Jose Abreu placed on 15-day disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/18/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been placed on the disabled list Sunday.
Abreu is dealing with tendinitis in his ankle. He's been able to play through the issue for a few weeks, but needed to be removed from Saturday's game for a pinch hitter. Abreu is hitting .260, with 15 home runs, over 173 at-bats.
Jose Abreu's ankle could cost him Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/17/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu tweaked a lingering ankle issue in Saturday's game against the Astros, and it could keep him out of the lineup for the series finale Sunday.
Abreu appeared to be limping following a late at-bat, and told MLB.com he might not be able to play Sunday. He said the ankle felt worse Saturday than in previous days, and he might try to rest it.
Abreu finished Saturday's game 0 for 3 with an RBI as the designated hitter, but had to be replaced late. He is hitting .260/.312/.595 as a rookiw.
Jose Abreu clubs 15th home run in win Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/14/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 4-2 win over the A's Wednesday.
The White Sox entered the eighth inning down 2-1 before the crucial home run put them ahead for good. Abreu has the major-league in home runs with 15, and no one else has hit more than 11. He owns a .271/.320/.620 line with 41 RBI in 166 at-bats.
Jose Abreu to stay away from first base until Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (5/14/2014)White Sox slugger and first baseman Jose Abreu will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday in Oakland.
He will also receive a rest from playing the field Friday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. He should be back at first Saturday.
Jose Abreu expected to get a game off to rest sore ankle
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/14/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was the team's DH for a fifth straight game Tuesday against the A's due to a sore left ankle.
"There’s nothing structurally that you’re concerned about," manager Robin Ventura said.
Jose Abreu ups MLB lead with 14th long ball
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/13/2014)White Sox slugger Jose Abreu hit a ninth-inning solo homer in Monday's loss to the A's. His 14 homers are three more than anyone else in the majors, and he ranks second with 38 RBI.
That was Abreu's only hit of the night, as he went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter. He's hitting .272/.324/.620.
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/10/2014)Even a sore ankle couldn't slow White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu down Friday, as he connected on his 13th home run of the season in a 9-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Abreu, in the lineup but limited to designated hitter work due to the ankle, still went 3 for 4 in the game. He drove in two runs, one on a solo home run in the seventh inning, while also scoring twice.
Abreu is now hitting .279/.333/.633, while leading the American League with 13 home runs and 37 RBI as a rookie.
Jose Abreu fine for Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (5/9/2014)White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has returned to the lineup for the Friday night game at Arizona. He will not have missed a full game - he was yanked from the game Thursday with an ailing ankle. He will serve as the designated hitter with Adam Dunn taking over at first base.
Abreu has been the talk of baseball in 2013. He leads the majors with 12 home runs and ranks second with 35 RBI. His .608 slugging percentage is third.
Jose Abreu exits game late with ankle issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/9/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreuwas pulled from Thursday's 12-5 loss to the Cubs with a left ankle injury, manager Robin Ventura told reporters after the game, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Abreu stayed in the game until the ninth inning before he was lifted for Marcus Semien. He finished 1 for 4 with a single.
"He just seemed like he was limping a little bit tonight, that's why in the end there I took him out," Ventura said. "He says he's fine. He's limping around a little bit, but he'll be fine."
He is hitting .266/.323/.608 with 12 homers and 35 RBI in 143 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against Arizona.
Jose Abreu connects for 12th home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/4/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu did it again. The Cuban slugger belted his 12th home run and third in seven games during a 4-3 win Sunday against the Indians.
Abreu wasted little time making an impact Sunday, as he hit a two-out solo home run off Corey Kluber in the top of the first inning, putting Chicago up 1-0. It was his only hit in four at-bats, as he struck out three times.
Abreu is batting .317 (20 for 63) with five doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI in his last 15 games. He also has 14 runs, 19 strikeouts and two walks in that span.
Jose Abreu homers again, plates four runs in win over Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/28/2014)The hits kept coming for White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu on Sunday, as he went deep and plated four runs in his team's 9-2 win over the Rays.
Abreu took David Price deep in the sixth inning for a two-run home run. He added a two-run single in the following inning. He went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI, improving his batting average to .262 on the year.
Abreu leads the league with 10 home runs, 31 RBI and a.631 slugging percentage through his first 26 games (103 at-bats). He has three home runs and 10 RBI in his last three games.
Jose Abreu continues remarkable run
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/26/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continued the stellar start to his career Friday, accounting for six runs in a 9-6 walkoff win over the Rays.
Abreu had already driven in two runs before he stepped to the plate with the bases load in the bottom of the ninth, and he added four more in the most dramatic fashion possible. Abreu clubbed his second home run of the game to end the game, finishing 3 for 5 with six RBI.
Abreu has been everything the White Sox could have hoped so far, hitting .263/.336/.632 with nine home runs and 27 RBI through his first 24 games.
Jose Abreu stays hot with sixth home run Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/22/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu kept up his hot hitting Tuesday, going 2 for 3 with his sixth home run in his team's 8-6 loss to the Tigers.
Abreu ended an 0-for-14 slump by going 8 for 16 with three doubles and two home runs over his last four games. He owns a .259/.344/.580 line with six home runs and 19 RBI in 81 at-bats.
Jose Abreu breaks out of slump with three RBI
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/21/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu broke out of his recent struggles on Sunday. launching his fifth home run of the season in a 16-2 win over the Rangers.
Abreu launched a two-run home run in the fifth and doubled in a run in the ninth. He added another double and finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI. In his last two games, he has five hits over nine at-bats. He is hitting .243 with five homers and 17 RBI in 74 at-bats.
Jose Abreu gets day off amidst slump
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/17/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.
Abreu has just one hit over his last 25 at-bats, and was likely being given a day of rest to get his mind right. Abreu is hitting .217 in 60 at-bats. Paul Konerko will play first base in his absence.
Jose Abreu mired in slump
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/17/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is mired in a 1 for 25 slump, according to ESPN.
Abreu collected one hit April 13, but that has been sandwiched between a four game stretch in which he has gone hitless. Abreu has seen fewer fastballs than most players, which is likely a sign pitchers are trying to get him out with breaking stuff. Most hitters experience a period of adjustment after they reach the majors, and Abreu will attempt to do so in the coming days.
Jose Abreu explodes with another multi-HR game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/11/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had another monster game at the plate on Thursday registering his second multi-home run game of the season in a 7-3 win over the Indians.
Abreu took Danny Salazar deep for a solo home run in the second inning and Josh Outman deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Abreu has six hits in his last 13 at-bats with four homers and eight RBI over that span. He has 14 RBI in his first 10 games, the most by a White Sox player in his first 10 games since Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983.
Jose Abreu homers twice in Colorado Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/9/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu enjoyed a big performance in his team's offensive rout Tuesday, going 2 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI as the White Sox rolled over the Rockies in Colorado.
Abreu hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning of Tuesday's win and followed it up with another in the eighth. He's the co-leader in RBIs in the American League with 11, and he owns a .250/.359/.563 line in 32 at-bats.
Jose Abreu drives in four in losing effort
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/3/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gave a glimpse of what he is capable of Thursday, as he drove in four runs in a game the White Sox would go on to lose, 10-9.
Abreu went 2 for 4 with two extra-base hits, an RBI double in the fifth inning following by a three-run triple in the sixth. He scored once and had two of the team's three hits with runners in scoring position in the loss.
Abreu has yet to homer in three games, but three of his five hits are for extra bases so far. He is hitting .417 with just one strikeout in his first 12 major-league at-bats.
Jose Abreu makes quick return to lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/24/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was back in the spring lineup Monday against the Mariners after leaving Friday's game due to ankle soreness. Abreu is batting .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs and nine RBI this spring.
White Sox leaning toward hitting Jose Abreu third
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/22/2014)White Sox manager Robin Ventura is leaning toward hittingJose Abreu third in the lineup to start the season, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.
Abreu is 13 for 41 with two home runs this spring. He is dealing with ankle soreness, but it is not considered anything serious. He will not be back in the lineup until at least Monday, according to the report.
Jose Abreu exits Friday with ankle soreness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/21/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was removed from Friday's game due to ankle soreness after going 1 for 2 at the plate.
It's an issue with which Abreu has been playing for at least a week. He should be available for opening day. Abreu is 13 for 41 with two home runs this spring.
Jose Abreu planning to play through ankle soreness
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/16/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is planning to play through his ankle injury, according to MLB.com.
Abreu stressed that the injury was nothing big, and that he wanted to play. "If I knew it was something worse than that, I probably would sit," Abreu said through a translator. "It's nothing but soreness." Abreu was able to play against the Dodgers Saturday night despite the injury.
The issue doesn't seem serious, and Abreu should still be good to go once the regular season starts. He went 1 for 3 with a double in Friday's 2-2 tie with the Twins, giving him a .286/.310/.464 line through 28 spring at-bats.
Jose Abreu collects three hits vs. Rangers Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/11/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 7-6 win over the Rangers Tuesday.
Abreu had been slow to get going this spring, entering the game just 2 for 13 at the plate. He's now hitting .294/.333/.529 with one home run and six RBI in 17 at-bats.
Jose Abreu hitting cleanup Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (10:44 am ET)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is hitting in the four spot Friday, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Abreu signed with the club during the offseason, and is expected to play a big role this year. If he can perform well during spring training, Abreu will likely open the season as a middle of the order hitter for Chicago. The White Sox aren't expected to be a great offensive team, but Abreu should pick up a fair share of RBI in that role.
Jose Abreu focused on preparation for 2014 season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/18/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has garnered plenty of attention since signing a $68 million contract in October. Abreu knows there will be plenty of expectations for him to perform immediately.
"Expectations for me are clear, but I have to prepare," he said through an interpreter, per ESPN. "That’s all I control for now is preparation. That’s why I’m doing right now.
"Right now I’m thinking of preparing for the 28th when the games start. I’m working on little things, being able to hit the ball the other way, the way I pulls my hands through. I’m not concerned with hitting home runs at all. I’m working my swing. It’s a process. It takes a little while but as I keep getting there I know I’ll be ready."
Abreu continues to leave a lasting impression on his new team, even though he hasn't even played in a game yet.
"He has a great work ethic," outfielder Adam Eaton said. "He really works his tail off. He’s very quiet but he’s passionate about the game. (Taking) ground balls anything he can do, you can see it in his body language. If he doesn’t do something right, he goes after it again and learns from it. He works his butt off in the cage. I’m excited to work with him."
Buy into the Jose Abreu hype
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/12/2014)It seems everyone under the sun can't stop raving about White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who has yet to even appear in a spring training game. Not only can Abreu hit for power, but he has the ability to hit to all fields.
Though, it was very intriguing to hear Cuban baseball expert and author Peter Bjarkman tell USA Today that "Abreu is a better hitter than either Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes." That's a pretty bold statement.
While time will only tell if Abreu lives up to the hype, Fantasy owners shouldn't be hesitant to use a mid-round flier on the 6-3, 255-pound slugger. It's probably a little bold to go into Draft Day thinking Abreu will be your starting first baseman. However, if you miss on the elite options and end up with an Anthony Rizzo, Mark Trumbo or Allen Craig-tier first baseman, then Abreu could be a nice complement to your first-base rotation.
Jose Abreu better than Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/10/2014)Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig have both made big impacts in the major leagues since defecting from Cuba. However, Cuban baseball expert and author Peter Bjarkman told USA Today White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu might be the best of the bunch.
"Abreu is a better hitter than either Puig or Cespedes, and he should be the best (biggest impact) Cuban player to come to the majors during the three decades of the defectors era," Bjarkman said. "Abreu is definitely the real deal."
Cespedes calls Abreu a four-tool player, citing he only lacks speed, but he added the 6-3, 255-pound slugger has "got a very good future."
Though he has yet to play a game, the White Sox seem happy with what they have seen from Abreu.
"We've seen his big-time power to all fields, which is probably the tool for which he gets the most notoriety," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "But we really view him as an all-around quality hitter. He's very serious about his craft, prepares very well, knows the strike zone. He's up there to do damage but also gives you a quality at-bat."
Jose Abreu showing ability to hit to all fields
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/23/2014)The questions continue to pour in about new White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Manager Robin Ventura is the latest to offer his opinion about the Cuban infielder after scouting him during the team's minicamp last week.
"Again, you are just watching him take batting practice and things like that," Ventura told MLB.com. "But he's got a good swing, it comes off of his bat really nice. He looks like a professional hitter. That's more than probably people gave him credit for.
"He doesn't look like just a guy who is trying to yank everything down the left-field line. He does have the ability to hit it the other way, which turns out to be what you need to survive in the game."
White Sox already raving about Jose Abreu
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/15/2014)White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract in October, took part in Tuesday's minicamp and gave White Sox personnel plenty to rave about.
"That's a strong man right here," White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson told MLB.com. "That's a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn't try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat. I think he has a nice bright future coming up with him."
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is doing his best to temper his excitement, but he was having a hard time doing so after watching Abreu take several rounds of batting practice.
"We try to keep in mind that it's Jan. 14 and we still have a ways to go," Hahn said. "But just watching Jose go through his work, you saw that professionalism as well as the plus-plus power on display today in only his first couple of rounds of BP. He's a very serious hitter. He's one who goes up there with a plan and has a great deal of ability, and it's going to be fun to see how this plays out over the next couple of years."