One thing's for sure. No one can ever question Jose Abreu's toughness.
Just one day after taking a 96mph fastball directly to the knee, the White Sox slugger and 2020 AL MVP is reportedly ready to return to action.
It's no secret that world-class athletes like Abreu can be their own worst enemy when it comes to injuries. This is especially true for the guys who play with the passion, drive, and competitiveness that Abreu does. While it's admirable that Abreu wanted to go today, it was most likely not in his best interest. It seems like the organization agrees.
As Tough as They Come
This is not the first time Jose Abreu has pushed to return from a scary injury in a ridiculously short amount of time. In May, he was part of a scary collision with Royals' third baseman Hunter Dozier. Sox fans held their breath as their prized slugger hit the ground. However, he was back in the lineup the very next day with no more than some bruises and a bandaid.
Toughness aside, The White Sox are guaranteed to play it safe with their 34-year-old leader. While Abreu has admittedly had quite the up and down season, he still leads this White Sox team in home runs (12) and RBI's (53).
The White Sox have struggled to find power all season and are currently tied for the third-fewest home runs in Major League Baseball. With other stars Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez already sidelined, and this lack of power with Abreu in the lineup, losing one of their last true sluggers for any extended period of time would be a major blow to a team with serious playoff aspirations.
The White Sox will continue to be careful, but it's safe to say that ironman Jose Abreu will do everything he can to push his way back onto the field as soon as possible.