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Jose Abreu homers in return to White Sox lineup

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Jose Abreu homers in return to White Sox lineup

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jose Abreu’s balky finger didn’t seem to bother him much Wednesday night.

After missing the White Sox last three games due to a bruised/swollen right index finger, Abreu returned to the lineup Wednesday and went 2-5 with three RBIs and a 410-foot home run as the White Sox cruised to a 9-2 win over Texas at Globe Life Park.

“I feel good,” Abreu said through a translator. “I feel much better than a couple of days ago. Probably not 100 percent but I feel good enough to play.”

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Abreu thanked manager Robin Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider for helping him work through his finger pain after he began receiving treatment Friday. He was held out of the final two games against the Astros and Tuesday’s series opener in Arlington as the White Sox took a cautious approach to his recovery.

The plan will be for Abreu to DH for the next few games, since the bum finger is on his throwing hand and there remains the possibility it could flare up again.

“I think right now we would just to make sure throwing wise, the finger that it’s on is on his throwing hand,” Ventura said before Wednesday’s game. “We want to make sure that if something does happen, it could happen any day, we aren’t just talking because of this injury.”

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After the game, Ventura was more convinced Abreu was ready to return to being a fixture in the White Sox lineup.

“He seemed to be fine,” Ventura said with a hint of deadpan. “He felt strongly that he was fine today. It’s sometimes not as easy just to say okay and send him back out there. You maybe want to give him and extra day just to make sure he’s all right, but you’ve got to trust the player sometimes.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.