MLB’s home run leader, Jose Abreu, was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle, but it sounds like he might not have to miss much time.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that an MRI today revealed only inflammation and no structural damage in Abreu’s ankle. He’ll wear a boot over the next several days before being re-evaluated at some point during the team’s upcoming homestand, which begins Thursday. The hope is that he’ll be ready to return as soon as he’s eligible, but the White Sox won’t rush their new slugger back.
Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the White Sox last October, leads the majors with 15 home runs and the American League with 42 RBI. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn will attempt to fill the void at first base for now.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.