White Sox 'optimistic' on Jose Abreu

CHICAGO -- While Jose Abreu remains in a walking boot to protect his ankle tendinitis, the Chicago White Sox are confident he could be ready to return to action the moment he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list.

"He's here today, receiving treatment," general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday. "He remains in the boot and will stay in the boot through the weekend. We'll re-evaluate next week. So far he's progressing, and we'll continue to be optimistic about him being ready about the time the 15 days are up."

Abreu was put on the disabled list Sunday, making him eligible to return for the opener of a three-game series at Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Tops in the majors with 15 homers, the rookie from Cuba said Friday that he sees no "reason why" he won't be able to play by then.

Abreu's left ankle had been bothering him for about a week before he went on the DL. He was pulled from Saturday's game at Houston when an awkward swing seemed to cause him more pain.

The $68 million free-agent signing also dealt with an injury to the same ankle in spring training but played through that problem. The White Sox remain confident, though, that a bad ankle won't become a recurring problem.

"The ankle issues are new," Hahn said. "There was an issue with an arm a while back but nothing related to an ankle.

"It's unfair to project this out as a chronic issue. Is it something we will have to monitor for the rest of the season, but with any guy, we are going to have to be cognizant with any issue they have. When Nate Jones comes back, with his back, or Chris [Sale] with how his arm is feeling, you are aware of it going forward through the balance of the season."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.