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White Sox's Abreu homers in return from DL

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 03 2014 02:27:04 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 09:57:40 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

Jose Abreu returned to action Monday, but not until after he gave the Chicago White Sox a pregame scare.

The first baseman, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, was hit in the chest by an errant baseball as the White Sox were about to begin stretching drills at Dodger Stadium. Abreu buckled after being struck, and he was helped off the field and into the clubhouse by a member of the White Sox's staff.

Abreu returned to the field about 15 minutes later and loosed up with his teammates. He remained in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers, and he hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw.

Abreu was hitting .260 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs before posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle landed him on the 15-day disabled list May 18. At the time, Abreu led the majors in home runs and was second in RBIs.

Abreu was named the American League Player and Rookie of the Month for April. He set major league rookie records for home runs (10), RBIs (32), extra-base hits (19) and total bases (71) in April.

To make room for Abreu on the 25-man roster, the White Sox optioned third baseman Marcus Semien to Triple-A Charlotte. Semien batted .218 with a .287 on-base percentage, a .327 slugging percentage, three homers, 18 RBIs and three steals in 43 games for Chicago this season.

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