Jose Abreu survived a scary moment during the White Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Indians on Friday night. Down 4-3 in the seventh inning, Abreu took a pitch off of his left leg and immediately dropped to the ground, requiring the assistance of manager Rick Renteria and head trainer Herm Schneider before he could stand and exit the field. The ball — a 85.5 MPH slider from Cleveland flamethrower Andrew Miller — appeared to strike just below Abreu’s knee.
Luckily for Abreu, the injury appears to be a mild one. While the first baseman was unable to put pressure on his leg after the incident, he was diagnosed with nothing more serious than a bruise following the game. Postgame comments from Renteria indicate that Abreu won’t need an X-ray, as the pitch didn’t come into hard contact with the bone and there was minimal swelling in his leg. He’ll be reevaluated by the team tomorrow, but is expected to be day-to-day barring any unforeseen complications.