What was turning into a magical season for Jose Abreu hit a bump in the road on Sunday. The Sox placed the slugger on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. Speaking to MLB.com, Pale Hose GM Rick Hahn explained why resting the big Cuban is best for business:
"It became clear to everyone who saw the game yesterday where it got to the point where he was basically playing on one leg. That obviously wasn't going to work to get him to maximize his ability, much less him being fully healthy. We made the decision to err on the side of caution here."
Abreu returned to Chicago yesterday and was placed in a walking boot. He will undergo a precautionary MRI in the near future. While he’s away, look for Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn to pick up the slack at first base. Konerko has struggled mightily this season hitting just .192 in 52 at-bats. Dunn has fared a bit better, but replacing 15 homeruns and a .908 OPS will be difficult.
The Sox are currently also without pitching star Chris Sale and they sit 9 games behind a red hot Detroit Tigers team that has won 7 of their last 10. The club opens up a series with the Kansas City Royals today who they trail in the AL Central by 2 games.