CLEVELAND — After building a very strong case for American League Player of the Month in April, Jose Abreu kicked off his May with the 11th home run of his rookie season in a 12-5 White Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
The Abreu ‘‘mosts’’ just keep coming. His major-league-high 11 homers are the most in Sox history through 30 games and the most in a player’s first 30 games since the New York Mets’ Mike Jacobs had 11 in 2005. Aside from backup catcher Adrian Nieto’s three hits and first career RBI, Abreu’s homer also was the only good thing to happen for the Sox, who opened a three-game series at Progressive Field on a bad note. Leadoff man Adam Eaton left the game with an injured right hamstring and appears headed to the disabled list, and John Danks got roughed up for eight runs, 10 hits and three walks.
Eaton missed five games last week with a tendon issue behind his left knee. Now that his right leg — which he revealed has been bothering him for a week or so — is bad, he likely will need time on the shelf to heal up.
‘‘It’s something I thought I could battle through,’’ said Eaton, who has been a spark plug at the top of a potent lineup. ‘‘We were trying to play through stuff, and it kind of bit us in the butt. With both legs, and legs are the game that I play, so I would say we’re leaning towards [the DL] because we want to get everything right.’’
After failing to finish the sixth inning in a career-high 123-pitch outing against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday, Danks (2-2, 5.00 ERA) needed 100 pitches to get through five innings. Location with all of his pitches was a problem — 58 of his pitches were strikes — and his fastball was under 90 mph for most of the night. The Indians had a handful of soft hits, but Danks also gave up homers to Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley.
‘‘I felt fine,’’ Danks said. ‘‘I just had the ball up. It’s kind of the same story from the last couple of starts. I just have to throw more strikes. It’s not rocket science. You’ve got to get into pitchers’ counts. I’m playing in hitters’ counts way too much and getting burned for it.’’
Abreu, who had struck out twice on fastballs from Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (1-3, 5.93), connected on a 2-0 pitch in the fifth. He has 33 RBI, which leads the majors.
NOTES: Left-hander Chris Sale threw long toss Friday and is slated to throw a light bullpen session Monday, which would be 17 days after his last start since going on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain. Sale hasn’t talked to reporters since the day he went on the DL and is staying quiet until after he throws off a mound.
‘‘He knows what he’s been through before, so it’s more of his comfort level of pushing it at that point,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
◆ Infielder Jeff Keppinger (right shoulder) started an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Birmingham on Friday, and right-hander Felipe Paulino (inflamed right rotator cuff) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Saturday with Class AAA Charlotte. Ventura said Conor Gillaspie (sore left hand), who is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, may go on a rehab stint before he comes back.
◆ As of now, Hector Noesi is the probable starter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.