His hands, selection and ability to hit his pitch have recently helped Jose Abreu flourish after the longest drought of his career.
Abreu homered for the third time in four games on Sunday afternoon as the White Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 at U.S. Cellular Field. Prior to Thursday, Abreu, who now has 14 round-trippers, hadn’t homered in 32 games.
But those quick hands and the ability to lay off bad pitches and select the good ones may not be the only factors driving the White Sox slugger. According to Comcast SportsNet’s Siera Santos, Abreu is headed home when the White Sox are off Monday to see his son Dariel, who is visiting from Cuba for a month, a source close to the first baseman said.
Abreu, who left Cuba nearly three years ago and was forced to leave his 6-year-old son behind, is expected to join the team on Tuesday in Kansas City when it begins a 10-day, nine-game road trip. The team travels from Kansas City to Miami after Thursday night’s series finale and opens a three-game series at the Marlins on Friday with a day off before they head to Cleveland.
Abreu's six-year-old son is schedule to stay for about a month. Keep in mind, school starts in Cuba on September 5th. #WhiteSoxTalk— Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) August 7, 2016
Abreu went 3-for-4 in the team’s loss on Sunday, falling a triple shy of the cycle.
“It's always his hands working, but it's going to also be pitch selection and his aggressiveness,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He just looks better. The way his bat's coming through the zone, it's a little quicker. Even though guys are going to continue to pitch him inside just like everybody else, he's able to get to get to it, he's able to still be on time, balance-wise, to be able to hit the outside pitch, too.”
Abreu traveled to Cuba last December as part of a Major League Baseball tour. During the trip, Abreu had the chance to see his son for the first time since he left for the United States.