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Jose Abreu 'ready' if White Sox ask him to play third base

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Jose Abreu 'ready' if White Sox ask him to play third base

CLEVELAND -- He has only played first baseman as a pro but Jose Abreu is comfortable at several positions, including third base if the White Sox need him there.

Two days after Robin Ventura said the White Sox could turn to Abreu at third in a pinch, or perhaps during interleague play, the All-Star said Tuesday he would do whatever the team asks. Abreu has always taken grounders around the infield during batting practice and loved playing shortstop when he was growing up in Cuba. If his number is called, Abreu said he’ll be ready.

“I will be comfortable when I am able to help the team in any situation they tell me,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “That’s the most important thing for me, and I’m ready for whatever the team decides to do with me.

“I’m going to try. I will be prepared when the manager decides to put me in that position.”

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Asked for a scouting report on his defense, Abreu didn’t make himself out to be Brooks Robinson. He said he’s not certain how confident he’d be but would be willing to try if Ventura asks. With eight interleague road games this season there’s a chance Ventura could try Abreu at third to keep both he and first baseman Adam LaRoche in the lineup.

“A couple of times in Cuba I played some third base,” Abreu said. “I wasn’t the best, but I wasn’t the worst. I was so-so.”

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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Luis Robert not in White Sox lineup for series opener against Detroit Tigers

Luis Robert not in White Sox lineup for series opener against Detroit Tigers

Luis Robert is not in the White Sox lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Adam Engel will take Robert’s usual spot in center field.

It’s likely just a rest day for Robert who has played in all 16 games for the White Sox, so far.

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Robert hit the ground running to start his major league career, slashing .302/.362/.460 through Sunday night’s game with two homers and six RBI. He’s also tied for the most stolen bases in the A.L. with four.

However, Robert has cooled off a bit over his last five games, hitting .158 with nine strikeouts, one walk and no homers or RBI.


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