Abreu's sore ankle is cause for concern

CHICAGO -- Injuries continue to mount for the Chicago White Sox, with another big name joining the list of the hobbled Thursday.

Rookie Jose Abreu is dealing with an unspecified left-ankle injury that required him to get extensive treatment before and after Thursday’s 12-5 defeat to the visiting Chicago Cubs.

Abreu wasn’t available for comment after the contest, and nobody was able to pinpoint exactly when his latest ankle ailment occurred. He also dealt with a left-ankle issue during spring training, but this injury is said to be in a different place.

As of now, the White Sox don’t sound as if they are considering a stint on the disabled list for the first-year player, but manager Robin Ventura did admit that designated-hitter duties are a possibility in the coming days.

Marcus Semien pinch-hit for Abreu in the ninth inning; Abreu went 1-for-4, with a first-inning single.

“He just seemed like he was limping a little bit tonight, that’s why in the end there I took him out,” Ventura said. “He says he’s fine. He’s limping around a little bit, but he’ll be fine.”

If the injury ends up being serious, it would be yet another big blow to a White Sox team that can’t seem to stay healthy. Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie are the latest players to return from the disabled list, but Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Nate Jones, Jeff Keppinger and Felipe Paulino all remain on it.

Abreu has been the key to the team’s resurgent offense. He won both player-of-the-month and rookie-of-the-month awards for April with rookie records of 10 home runs and 32 RBIs before May 1.

“He had this before, but he says it’s not like it was in spring training so I don’t expect him to be out,” Ventura said.

Abreu was limping around the first-base bag all night, but he really appeared to be favoring his left ankle while running down the first-base line after each at-bat.

Heading into Thursday’s game, White Sox players who were on the Opening Day roster had missed a total of 114 games while on the DL. Those totals do not include the time away for Beckham and Keppinger. Jones has missed the most games, at 33, while Garcia is next at 27.