White Sox: Jose Abreu exits game with finger injury


HOUSTON — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is likely to miss Saturday’s game with irritation in his right index finger after he left Friday’s contest early.

Abreu — who leads the team with eight home runs and 29 RBIs — exited in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 6-3 White Sox win. Afterward, Abreu said he was headed to the hospital for X-rays on a finger he initially injured two weeks ago during batting practice at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“That situation was getting worse and today I couldn't continue playing,” Abreu said through an interpreter, describing the finger as swollen. “I was talking to (Herm Schneider) and I said I can't play any more. And that was the right choice not just for me, but the team.”

This is the second time the finger has bothered Abreu in a game. During the team’s last homestand, Abreu paused during an at-bat and told manager Robin Ventura his finger bothered him only to finish out the plate appearance. Abreu said his finger bothered him enough that he couldn’t feel the ball he flipped high for an error in the bottom of the sixth inning. The White Sox first replaced Abreu with Tyler Flowers before elected to eliminate the designated hitter spot by moving Adam LaRoche to the field in the bottom of the 11th inning. Ventura said it’s unlikely Abreu plays on Saturday.

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“It looks different,” Ventura said. “It’s more swollen and he just couldn’t throw. We’ll re-evaluate that tomorrow. He doesn’t feel it’s broken or anything, just bruised.

“We had to get him out of the game. We started moving guys all over the place, just trying to figure out who you got and who’s available.

“It was a bit of a MASH unit.”


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