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White Sox give banged-up Jose Abreu an extended break

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White Sox give banged-up Jose Abreu an extended break

Jose Abreu will have five days to rest up for the second half the season, as White Sox manager Robin Ventura decided to rest the banged-up first baseman for Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The 28-year-old Abreu has battled a sore leg/foot recently as well as an irritated right index finger, with the latter ailment initially aggravated in mid-May. It forced him out of the White Sox lineup for a few games in early June, too.

“This is just to give him an extra day going into the All-Star break to get four days and get an extra one,” Ventura said. “Hopefully I can stay away from him and not have him go in there. It just needs a day.”

Abreu was not selected to his second consecutive All-Star roster, so he’ll get to recover a bit before the White Sox begin the second half with a doubleheader Friday against the first-place Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

While Abreu entered Sunday on a 13-game hitting streak, his first half offensive production took a step back from where it was in 2014, when he won American League Rookie of the Year honors with 36 home runs and a .964 OPS.

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Abreu has a .296 batting average and .835 OPS with 14 home runs, which certainly are solid — though not elite — numbers. Ventura attributed some of Abreu’s drop in production to that balky index finger.

“It’s been hit and miss, really,” Ventura said. “The power numbers haven’t been there. He’s had a couple issues, I think the hand is probably most of it. But he’s still able to grind out an at-bat, give you a tough at-bat, get a hit. Average-wise he’s in there, but power numbers can probably be attributed somewhat to that. He’s had hand stuff that we need to take care of in five days.”

The White Sox will enter the All-Star break having won either nine or 10 of their last 12 games, a run that’s shifted them closer to the periphery of the AL wild card race. Whatever momentum the team does possess will have to be restarted in five days, which isn’t ideal for a team playing well.

But Abreu’s extended rest period does represent a silver lining for the extended time off.

“You never want to not play when you're playing well,” Ventura said. “You know it's coming so prepare for it and be ready to go on Friday.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list