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Injury Report: Austin Jackson has surgery, Tommy La Stella added to DL

Injury Report: Austin Jackson has surgery, Tommy La Stella added to DL

Each week, CSNChicago.com takes a look at the injury report from both the Cubs and White Sox, presented by Service King.

WHITE SOX

Austin Jackson underwent successful left knee surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus he suffered on June 9. The White Sox outfielder will be on crutches for two weeks and reexamined in four. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list.

Jake Petricka (torn labrum in right hip) and Daniel Webb (Tommy John) had successful surgeries on June 10. Both pitchers are expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

CUBS

The Cubs enjoyed a week without much in the way of injuries. Tommy La Stella was added to the disabled list last week as Chris Coghlan was re-acquired. La Stella won't be eligible to return to the Cubs for another week.

Jason Hammel has gotten past his leg cramping issue from Memorial Day and picked up where he left off before that start against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

But the main injury news came in the form of Willson Contreras' promotion to the big leagues. With 39-year-old David Ross in the final year of his playing career and Miguel Montero only about a month removed from a back injury, the Cubs have some insurance at the most physically demanding position on the diamond. Contreras figures to only catch here or there, but if Ross or Montero get banged up, the 24-year-old catcher could slide in for a larger role.

Jorge Soler is still rehabbing his hamstring injury and, though he's due to come off the disabled list next week, he probably won't be back right after the 15 days are up. 

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with the media Friday at Wrigley Field and reinforced that Kyle Schwarber has no plans on playing in 2016, though his rehab is going well.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Rebuild advice from 3 Houston Astros All-Stars

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Rebuild advice from 3 Houston Astros All-Stars

With the White Sox in the middle of a rebuild, Chuck Garfien spoke with 3 Houston Astros All-Stars who explained how they went from a rebuilding team to World Series champions. Jose Altuve, George Springer and Alex Bregman talk about how they dealt with losing, how they learned how to win, the importance of adding veterans to the young core, and how they kept hope alive during the rebuild.  Then later, Chuck spoke with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain trying to understand how he dominated the White Sox for so many years.

Jose Abreu didn't come to White Sox looking for leadership role, but he's the face of the franchise on the All-Star stage

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Jose Abreu didn't come to White Sox looking for leadership role, but he's the face of the franchise on the All-Star stage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jose Abreu didn’t come to the White Sox to be a leader. But that’s what he is as he took his spot among the best in baseball at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Abreu is the face of the South Side baseball club and he’s had a stellar-enough first four and a half seasons in Major League Baseball to earn the distinction of a starter in the Midsummer Classic. But Abreu, unsurprisingly, doesn’t look at himself as one of the best in the game. He looks as himself as a hard-worker.

“I don’t believe that I’m the best,” Abreu said through a team translator on Monday. “I’m just a person who likes to work hard every day and try to do my best.”

That humility is nothing new to folks who follow the White Sox on a regular basis. And neither is talk of Abreu’s work ethic, the admiration of everyone involved with the team and a constant talking point from Rick Hahn, Rick Renteria and all Abreu’s teammates.

Abreu has become as important for his off-the-field roles as he has for his on-the-field production for this rebuilding White Sox team. He’s been described as a role model for all the young players in the organization, whether they’re on the big league roster right now or coming up through the system.

“None of them have told me that yet,” Abreu joked. “But I know that. It’s definitely a compliment, and I take it as something that makes you feel good, something that makes you keep moving forward and to keep trying to help the guys to improve and get better as a team. You feel like that is a big honor, that people think that way of you.”

As good as he feels to be held in such esteem, Abreu didn’t set out to be one of this team’s leaders when he came to the United States. And to be honest, he might not be in his current position if it weren’t for the team’s rebuilding effort. Abreu is one of the few veterans on this team.

“That was something that happened. I didn’t look for it,” Abreu said. “I was always trying to help people and trying to give advice to help people to improve. But I never tried to be a leader. If people say that because of what I do, that’s good, but that’s not something that I’m trying to force or something that I say, ‘I want to be a leader.’ No, that’s not who I am. I am just the kind of person who likes to help people, who likes to give advice.”

Abreu is seemingly the definition of what the White Sox want their next winning roster to be full of. And whether it’s the special relationship he has with fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada or the role-model status he holds in the eyes of his other teammates, both current and future, he’s helping the White Sox develop those kinds of players.

Oh, and he’s generally — though this season has seen an extended slump and atypical numbers — one of the most consistently productive hitters in the game.

Who wouldn’t want all that as the face of the franchise?

“It’s all a blessing. I can’t ask for anything else,” Abreu said. “I’m a true believer that if you work hard, good things are going to happen. That’s why I work hard every day, I try to do my best, I try to improve every day and just to be a better person. Not just a better player, but a better person.”