The Cubs make it official and hire Jaramillo

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Or at least they will sometime today, according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine:

The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday . . . The Rangers offered Jaramillo just a one-year deal at a modest raise over his 2009 contract of $650,000 to stay in Texas, sources said.

That’s a lot of dough for a hitting coach, especially considering that no one has ever really shown that hitting coaches, you know, do anything.  Still, Jaramillo has experience with Milton Bradley. And assuming they got along in Texas, simply having someone who can provide a buffer between Bradley and Piniella and whoever else Bradley is alienating at any given time may make this contract worthwhile.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.