Jose Abreu is back from the disabled list

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White Sox rookie Jose Abreu is back from the disabled list after missing two-plus weeks with an ankle injury.

Abreu was off to a historic start to his career before the injury, smacking 15 homers and driving in 42 runs through 44 games. Even after missing more than two weeks of action in a season that’s only one-third completed he still ranks third among AL hitters in homers and sixth in RBIs.

Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox this offseason after defecting from Cuba at age 26, is returning to the lineup without first going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.