CLEVELAND — This season has quickly unraveled into a one White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will want to forget.
One week after coming off the disabled list after being out nearly three weeks because of emergency surgery to repair a testicular torsion issue, Abreu was admitted to a Cleveland hospital with an infection on his right thigh during the team’s day off Monday. The infection, unrelated to the surgery, stems from a hair follicle.
Abreu will miss the three-game series against the Indians. He was said to be fine during a team function Sunday night but went to the hospital Monday.
“It’s been a tough year, obviously with a few different things,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s dealing with it as best he can. One of those things you don’t expect, but it happens. They’re dealing with it, he’s dealing with it and we’re looking for a full recovery.’’
The Sox would only say that Abreu is out for this series. The Sox return home Friday for a three-game series with the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“We’ll see how he’s doing when we get home,’’ Renteria said.
Abreu has played 145, 154, 159 and 156 games in his first four seasons but has been limited to 128 games this year with 13 remaining on the schedule. Abreu, who made his second All-Star team despite not having his best season, has a .265/.325/.473 hitting line with 22 homers and 78 RBI. He needs three home runs to become the ninth player to hit 25 in his first five seasons. Abreu, Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols are the only players to begin their careers with 25 homers and 100 RBI.
“It’s tough after going through what he did the first time [he was out], but he’s going to be all right,’’ shortstop Tim Anderson said. “We’re going to miss him this series, but he’s going to be back well and he’ll get with us soon.
“But he needs to get himself healthy before he worries about getting back here.’’
Abreu had three singles his first game back from the DL last Monday at Kansas City but has struggled since, going 0-for-23 with one walk and seven strikeouts for his longest hitting drought of the season.
As of Tuesday, his OPS had dipped below .800, which would represent a career low.
Abreu, Davidson on watch list
Abreu and Matt Davidson (designated hitter) have been named AL Silver Slugger Award finalists. Davidson, who played first base for Abreu on Tuesday, was batting .233/.329/.446 with 20 homers and 58 RBI in 110 games.
Palka OK, Delmonico scratched
Daniel Palka, who was taken out of the game Sunday after banging his knee on the right-field turf at Camden Yards while attempting to make a catch, batted third as the designated hitter against Corey Kluber.
“Everything is normal, more precautionary than anything,’’ Palka said. “It looked bad but it really wasn’t.’’
Nicky Delmonico was scratched in favor of Ryan LaMarre because of a stiff neck. Delmonico hurt it while attempting to make a diving catch.
With Abreu out of the lineup Tuesday against the Indians, here’s the group being rolled out by Renteria:
3B Yolmer Sanchez
SS Tim Anderson
DH Daniel Palka
RF Avisail Garcia
C Omar Narvaez
1B Matt Davidson
LF Ryan LaMarre
2B Yoan Moncada
CF Adam Engel