Sunday, May 18, 2014

White Sox place Jose Abreu on 15-day DL

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been dealing with tendinitis in his left ankle since spring training, but that didn't slow him down in April.

In fact, Abreu became the first player in American League history to win the Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month in the first month of his MLB career.

After leaving last night's game in the seventh inning, however, Abreu was placed on the 15-day disabled list today.

Back in Chicago, Abreu will get another MRI, but general manager Rick Hahn said "it's reasonable to believe" that Abreu will be back once his 15-day stint on the DL is up.

“I dislike speculating on return timeframes. ... as of right now, it’s reasonable to believe we’ll be able to resolve this thing within the 15-day period,” Hahn said, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.

In a corresponding move, the White Sox activated Adam Eaton from the DL.

Abreu currently leads all of baseball in home runs (15) and trails only Miami's Giancarlo Stanton in runs batted in (42).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jose Fernandez (elbow) expected to miss the rest of the season

The news is not good. In fact, it's horrible for one of the game's best young pitchers.

Per Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Marlins believe that staff ace Jose Fernandez will need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

If so, Fernandez would likely be out until June 2015.

Through eight starts, Fernandez has a 4-2 record with an MLB-high 70 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. Named the NL Rookie of the Year last season, Fernandez finished 12-6 with 187 strikeouts and a 2.19 ERA in 172 2/3 innings in 2013.

It's unclear who will take his spot in the rotation, but Kevin Slowey or Brad Hand could make a spot start in his place on Wednesday.