Eager Abreu is early arrival to camp

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
5:09
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Eager to start earning his new six-year, $68 million deal, new Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has already reported to the team's spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., ESPNChicago.com has learned.

Not only is Abreu's arrival more than a week ahead of the reporting date for pitchers and catchers, he has arrived well in advance of the Feb. 20 report date for position players.

New hitting coach Todd Steverson talked about Abreu's eagerness to get to work when a handful of players reported to Arizona last month for a short hitting camp.

"Actually the first morning it was about 41 degrees out there, real cold," Steverson said. "It was about 7:30 (a.m.) and we weren't supposed to get going until 9. He walked in with his bat, batting gloves and asked if he could go straight into the cage. It was freezing out there, but he didn't care. He wanted to go out and get some work in. He's real regimented."

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.03 110 102
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .292
HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 74
RJ. Abreu 52
OPSJ. Abreu .959
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOJ. Quintana 118