HOUSTON — Jose Abreu was out of the White Sox lineup Saturday with a sore right index finger, and there appeared to be a chance the White Sox slugger could miss another game or two, depending how the swollen finger responds to treatment.
Abreu came out of the Sox’ 6-3 victory in 11 innings Friday night during the eighth inning and was sent for X-rays — which were negative — after the game.
“Treat it up and see what he can handle and go from there,” manager Robin Ventura said before Saturday’s game against the Astros.
Adam LaRoche played first base and Emilio Bonifacio took LaRoche’s customary spot as the designated hitter. With an off day Monday, Abreu could be kept out of Sunday’s game, too, and get three days of rest for the finger.
“You’ll see how he feels,” Ventura said. “Today it doesn’t look like he’ll do much. He’s not going to go hit on the field or anything. Just day-to-day and see how he feels.
“If there’s something more to be done it’ll kind of surface and you go from there.”
Not having Abreu’s bat in the lineup that is on pace to score 596 runs, which would be the Sox’ lowest since 1980, isn’t a good thing for Sox (22-25). Abreu owns a .282/.340/.481 slash line with team highs of eight homers and 29 RBI and is hitting .351 with 21 RBI with runners in scoring position.