CHICAGO -- Bobby Abreu has a team-leading .397 on-base percentage, albeit in only 63 plate appearances. Still, Terry Collins emphatically said Tuesday that Abreu is not a consideration for interim leadoff hitter.
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It's not about the 40-year-old Abreu's age, although Collins does not want to put him in the outfield too often.
The manager's objection to considering Abreu as a leadoff hitter?
"Because he drives in runs for us," Collins said.
Matt den Dekker starts in the leadoff spot Tuesday for a second straight day since Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list with a rib-cage strain. Collins said he will take the leadoff role "day by day."
On den Dekker, Collins said: "He's going to play some games. I don't know how many."
As for Abreu, Collins suggested playing too often is catching up with the veteran.
"He's running a little out of fuel right now," Collins said. "... With some rest, I'll tell you, he's going to be valuable for us."