Baseball will be a little less fun to watch for the next two weeks. Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox have placed first baseman Jose Abreu on the 15-day-disabled list with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle. The team has, however, activated Adam Eaton from the disabled list.
Abreu currently leads Major League Baseball in home runs with 15 and is the American League RBI leader with 42. The 27-year-old Cuban has been a godsend for the White Sox, who are currently still somewhat in the mix at 21-23 and in fourth place in the AL Central. In Abreu’s absence, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn will see some time at first base.
Eaton was on the disabled list dealing with a strained right hamstring. Prior to his injury, Eaton was slashing .276/.363/.378 with 14 RBI and a couple of stolen bases.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.