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White Sox won't rule out Jose Abreu playing some third base

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White Sox won't rule out Jose Abreu playing some third base

Jose Abreu has been taking ground balls on the left side of the infield during batting practice, and there could be more to that than a player passing time during pregame warmups.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said it’s a “possibility” Abreu could see some time at third base during interleague play or if a dire emergency presented itself, like if Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie and Emilio Bonifacio all were unavailable.

“There have been questions raised in an emergency of him being able to go over there and do it,” Ventura said. “He would love to do it.”

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Abreu worked out at third base during his showcase for teams before signing a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox in 2013. He spent time there during spring training — not in any games — but played all over the field growing up before turning pro in Cuba. He only played first base with Cienfuegos in eight seasons in the Cuban National Series, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

The White Sox first interleague series is May 11-13 in Milwaukee, and if Ventura wants to keep both Abreu and Adam LaRoche in the lineup, it could lead to the 28-year-old slugger making his professional debut at third base.

Of course, that’s still a big if. Right now, it’s just a hypothetical, but one that Ventura is at least willing to entertain.

“If we had a situation where we had to get both of those guys in the game, we would look at him,” Ventura said. “It's a possibility. He moves around very well. He's got good hands and he makes the throw fine. He's been over there. He does have that in him.”

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.