ARLINGTON, Texas — First baseman Jose Abreu will miss his third consecutive start for the White Sox Tuesday because of inflammation in his right index finger.
Abreu missed Saturday’s and Sunday’s games in Houston, and after an off day Monday for the team, was hopeful of returning Tuesday. Adam LaRoche will start in his place at first base and Conor Gillaspie will be the designated hitter. Manager Robin Ventura said a Wednesday return is possible.
“He is getting better,” Ventura said. “You could send him out there and one swing could probably send him back five more days. It’s gotten a lot better than it was in Houston, it’s just not to a point where I’m comfortable having him go out there and swing full-time in a game.”
Here’s what general manager Rick Hahn had to say about Abreu:
The Sox are 4-4 on their current 11-game road trip. They finished the month of May with a 15-15 record and are 23-26 and in last place in the American League Central.
Here is how the Sox line up Tuesday against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis:
Adam Eaton cf
Melky Cabrera lf
Adam LaRoche 1b
Avisail Garcia rf
Conor Gillaspie dh
Alexei Ramirez ss
Gordon Beckham 3b
Geovany Soto c
Jeff Samardzija p (4-2, 3.84)