Jose Abreu isn’t slowing down


Because the baseball season in Cuba is only 90 games there is always some question about how Cuban rookies will fare once they get into the dog days of the much longer MLB season.

Jose Abreu is faring just fine, thanks.

Abreu had multiple hits Monday for the fourth consecutive game and is now hitting .394 with a 1.094 OPS in 44 games since July 26, which is when he played his 90th game of the season.

Abreu, who signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million, leads the league in slugging percentage (.602) and OPS (.986) while ranking third in homers (35) and batting average (.323).

Here’s what the 27-year-old rookie told Dan Hayes of about heating up as the season progresses:

I’ve prepared myself because I had the information. Everybody let me know how long the season would be so I was ready mentally and physically. I know it’s a much longer season than it is in Cuba, but thankfully I had all the right information.

He’ll presumably win the Rookie of the Year award unanimously and Abreu figures to receive plenty of top-five MVP votes as well. Helluva bargain. Bet he’d go for about $100 million more if teams had a second chance to go after Abreu as a free agent.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.