Bruce Springsteen to throw speedballs at four ballparks this summer

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Yeah, I know you all hate “speedball” in that song. Me too. I hate it more that people think that “Glory Days” is a baseball song. Outside of the first two damn lines of the song it’s about people living in the past. It’s no “Atlantic City” or “The River” in terms of depressing, but it’s kinda sad.  But I digress.

A more solid baseball connection between The Boss and baseball is happening this summer: tour dates at major league ballparks:

  • Rogers Centre, August 24;
  • Citizens Bank Park, September 2;
  • Wrigley Field, September 7;
  • Nationals Park, September 14; and
  • Asbury Park, Fourth of July (Sandy)

Without checking, I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that the home teams will be on the road at those times. If not, well, that would be kind of a mess.

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.