Just one day after Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu collided with Hunter Dozier of the Kansas City Royals, the reigning MVP wants to play.
While attempting to field a pop-up on the infield in the second inning of Game 1 on Friday, Abreu collided with Dozier along the first base line. It was completely accidental, but nonetheless, a violent collision between two physically large players. Both left the game immediately to be evaluated. Abreu suffered a facial laceration and bruised knee, while Dozier suffered a bruised quad and neck discomfort. Neither had any positive tests for a concussion.
Lucas Giolito and Tony La Russa spoke about the incident in their postgame interviews and said that Abreu was telling those around him that he was good to stay in the game, or at least good to play in the back end of the doubleheader. However, he abided by the training staff’s recommendation to sit out of the second game.
But today is a different story. Abreu told La Russa that he is ready to play in Saturday night’s contest against the Royals, but La Russa is going to leave it up to the White Sox training staff to make that final decision.
Regardless of whether Abreu plays tonight or not, this timeline of events goes to show fans that the man they call “Pito” is someone who is invaluable to a team. He’ll do whatever it takes for his club. The MVP slugger has a resilient attitude that helps carry the White Sox each and every day.
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