UPDATE: X-rays come back negative on Jose Abreu’s hand

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UPDATE: According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that X-rays came back negative. Abreu is out of the lineup today and it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to return.

12:01 p.m. ET: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was forced to exit last night’s game against the Astros due to irritation in his right index finger. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Abreu initially injured the finger two weeks ago during batting practice and is still dealing with swelling.

Abreu was sent for X-rays last night and is expected to miss at least Saturday’s game.

“That situation was getting worse and today I couldn’t continue playing,” Abreu said through an interpreter, describing the finger as swollen. “I was talking to (Herm Schneider) and I said I can’t play any more. And that was the right choice not just for me, but the team.”

After winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2014, Abreu is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI across his first 46 games this season.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.