Jose Abreu hits and fields grounders, return slated for June 2

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu took ground balls and hit off a a tee on Monday morning.

Abreu had been wearing a walking boot prior to Monday’s practice but White Sox manager Robin Ventura says that the Cuban’s ankle has gotten better with the time off.

“It’s progressing, it’s getting better,” Ventura said. “I know he’s not happy sitting on the bench. Even if he had been in a cast, he still wouldn’t be happy (just because) he’s out of it. It’s getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same.”

The 27-year-old rookie had been dealing with a nagging ankle injury which forced him to the disabled list. He took 25 ground balls before taking part in a game of catch. He is on track to return when he becomes eligible, June 2.

In 44 games before going on the DL Abreu was hitting .260/.312/.595 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI.

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