Only when trainer Herm Schneider and manager Robin Ventura got to Abreu’s side did the club’s collective panic begin to dissipate.
“When he ran down, I think he landed on the foot of the base on his ribs,” Ventura said. “It kind of knocked the wind out him, and it was cold. At first I thought it was his wrist or something like that. I think there were a lot of things going on at the same time.”
Ventura was asked if his own wind was knocked out by seeing Abreu on the ground.
“No, a heart attack,” Ventura said. “I'm just glad he's fine. Once he got over that, you could tell he was fine.”
Abreu remained in the game and even delivered a hit in his second at-bat after the injury.
While the White Sox have started slow, Abreu continues to do all he can to help the cause. After batting .206 with a .441 slugging percentage through the first nine games, the reigning American League rookie of the year has used a hot run to lift his batting average to .317 and his slugging percentage to .667.
He also has five home runs, after hitting just one in the spring, to go along with 13 RBIs.
After a steady rain, Friday’s game was suspended after eight innings with the score tied 2-2. The White Sox tied it in the seventh inning on a triple by Adam Eaton, followed by a sacrifice fly from Melky Cabrera.
The White Sox and Royals will try to resume the game at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday before the regularly-scheduled game at U.S. Cellular Field. If rain continues Saturday, as forecasted, Friday’s game will resume at 1:10 p.m. CT Sunday, before that day’s regularly-scheduled game.