Jose Abreu makes progress in rehab from ankle injury

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Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu still ranks among the leaders in all of baseball in home runs despite a recent stint on the disabled list with an ankle injury.

The good news for Abreu and for the White Sox is that the slugging first baseman is making good progress in his rehab.

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According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago:

"“White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu continued to make progress with his injured left ankle, participating in baseball activities before Monday’s afternoon game against the Cleveland Indians.No longer wearing a protective walking boot, Abreu took 25-30 ground balls at first base, played catch with coach Joe McEwing for 10 minutes and hit balls off a tee in the indoor batting cage. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18.”"

Padilla also notes that the White Sox expect to have Abreu back in the lineup as soon as he is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 2nd.

Through 44 games Abreu is batting .260/.312/.595 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI. Even with this stint on the disabled list Abreu is on pace to put up some gaudy numbers in 2014. As many people observed earlier this season, Abreu’s huge numbers combined with the dominant pitching of Masahiro Tanaka will make for an intriguing American League Rookie of the Year race.

As for the White Sox, they have done surprisingly well to stay afloat without Abreu in the lineup. They entered Monday’s action with a 25-27 record on the season. So while the Detroit Tigers look poised to run away with the division, the White Sox might just be able to hang around the race for the second place spot in the division.