White Sox’ Jose Abreu exits game but ‘will be fine,’ Renteria says
CLEVELAND — Jose Abreu was helped off the field after being struck near his left knee by a pitch from Indians left-hander Andrew Miller in the seventh inning Friday, but the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, manager Rick Renteria said.
Abreu didn’t bear weight on his left leg while he was helped off and still was limping in the clubhouse after the game, but X-rays weren’t required, Renteria said.
‘‘He got hit pretty good, but he’s going to be fine,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘He says we’ll know how he is in the morning, but he’s fairly confident he’ll be OK. It got mostly muscle below the left knee.’’
Abreu is batting .275 with 10 home runs, tied for the team lead. He drove in his 33rd run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Hanson claimed off waivers
The Sox claimed infielder Alen Hanson off waivers from the Pirates and are expected to put him on the 25-man roster Saturday.
Rookie outfielder Adam Engel, who had two singles for the second consecutive day, was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte, presumably to make room for Hanson, who is out of options.
A top-100 prospect before the 2013, ’14 and ’15 seasons, the switch-hitting Hanson, 24, spent the season with the Pirates before being designated for assignment June 2. He batted .193 with two triples and eight runs scored in 37 games while making nine starts at second base and playing in two games at shortstop, two in right field and one at third base.
In seven-minor league seasons, Hanson has a .281 average wtih 53 homers, 316 RBI and 205 stolen bases in 719 games. He hit 10-plus triples each season from 2012 to ’15.
Engel, regarded as one of the better defensive outfielders in the Sox’ system, was 6-for-20 (.300) and said he goes back to Charlotte with a confidence boost.
‘‘The guys up here are great,’’ he said. ‘‘They really helped me get comfortable about as quick as a guy can get. It’s been a lot of fun.’’
Petricka roughed up in return
Right-hander Jake Petricka was activated from the disabled list and was tagged for three runs after an absence of more than two months. He gave up four consecutive hits as the Indians increased their lead to 7-3.
Right-hander Brad Goldberg was optioned back to Charlotte after appearing in one game.
Petricka strained his right lat April 4 against the Tigers and was put on the disabled list two days later. He made his third rehab-assignment appearance at Charlotte on Wednesday.
“I feel as good as ever, as strong as we can be,’’ Petricka said before the game. “Now we’re here for the long haul.’’
Hip surgery limited Petricka, 29, to nine appearances in 2016. Since 2013, Petricka was 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA in 155 career relief appearances going into the game.
One more for Shields
Renteria said right-hander James Shields (strained lat) will make one more rehab start for Charlotte before rejoining the Sox.
Shields had said two starts would be enough, but this will be his third.
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