Abreu remains on track for Monday

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu remains on track to return from the disabled list Monday, with Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura stopping just short of saying his rookie is guaranteed to be back on the first day he is eligible to come back.

“I’m hopeful,” Ventura said. “We’re going to get him some workouts here (Saturday) and Sunday and see how he does. It’s some simulated stuff that he can do that we wouldn’t have to send him out on a rehab assignment. So, that’s a part of the evaluation to make sure he’s going to be ready to go, hopefully, Monday.”

Abreu has been out with tendinitis in his left ankle but has been going through baseball activity already during the current homestand. He remains the team leader in home runs (15), RBIs (42) and OPS (.908).

Although players like Avisail Garcia (shoulder) and Nate Jones (back) remain out, Abreu’s return will get the team as close to full health as they have been in a long time. There have been only 16 games all season when both Chris Sale and Abreu have been healthy at the same time.

“He’s going to go out and run and do things that, get as close as we can (in a simulated game), so that we know he’s ready to go when he comes off,” Ventura said. “You don’t want to get a guy off the DL and the first thing he does is go out and re-injure it and then you lose him for another 15 days. So, we’ll get close to where we’ll have a pretty good idea.”