CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox are hopeful that Jose Abreu will return from the disabled list when he's eligible June 2. Manager Robin Ventura said that although nothing has been finalized, a rehab stint isn't expected.
"As of right now, there's not a plan for him to go out [on a rehab assignment]," Ventura said. "He would stay here. I think [trainer] Herm [Schneider] wants him here just to watch him, and we'll figure out if we can get somebody here to simulate something to make him do it here instead of having to go play in a game."
Abreu hasn't played in a game since May 17 after being placed on the DL with inflammation in his left ankle. Ventura said he expects Abreu to get his work in over the weekend and be ready to join the team when it heads to Los Angeles to start a four-game set with the Dodgers on Monday. However, he quickly added, "Everything is subject to change."
Ventura said Abreu, who has taken ground balls at first base as well as some batting practice over the past few days, has felt better every time he has gone out on the field.
"He's tried a couple of different braces to try to alleviate what was there and to make it feel better and have more stability and things like that," Ventura said. "It's a work in progress of trying to find the right mix right now that is going to be the one he goes forward with and plays with."
Ventura said the plan now is to continue to play Abreu at first base rather than use him as the designated hitter and ease him back into the lineup. He also said that if Abreu is eligible to play, it won't be on a part-time basis; he'll be playing every day without being held back.
The White Sox signed Abreu out of Cuba in the offseason to a six-year, $68 million contract. Early on, the slugging righty has been worth every penny, putting up a .260/.312/595 (BA/OBP/SLG) line with 15 home runs and 11 doubles.