With his ninth inning home run on Saturday, Jose Abreu preferred Harold Baines Third place on the White Sox career home run list at 222.
“I am excited about this new brand that I have just reached,” said Abreu. “I never imagined that, but my hard work and the support of my family, as well as the help of my teammates and the White Sox made it possible.”
Abreu is just behind it Frank Thomas (438) and Paul Konerko (432).
“It’s very well deserved and speaks for its influence on this organization,” said Baines. “We all know Jose is a great person and a great baseball player. The respect is really based on reciprocity. “
Manager Tony La Russa said Abreu deserves recognition not only as one of the best players in Sox history, but also as one of the best in baseball history.
“He’s on this list of the best running producers, homerun / RBI guys in the history of the game and he still has a lot left,” said La Russa.
Abreus 86 RBI are associated with the Angels Shohei Ohtani for third most in baseball, and his 757 career RBI are 23rd among active players. Abreu also ranks 23rd among the active home guides.
Abreu is the only player on the active list of the top 50 RBI leaders and top 25 home run hitters with less than nine years in the majors. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first inning on Sunday.
Don’t worry about Liam
Liam Hendriks has allowed three home runs in his last two appearances, which cost the Sox in the late Thursday and Saturday innings. But La Russa is not worried about its seamstresses.
Some of Hendriks’ problems could be because he pitched in unsafe situations, such as on Saturday when Hendriks won the hill in the 10th inning with a 4-4 tie.
“It’s just a different mentality,” said La Russa.
Hendriks was not available for comment on Saturday or before the Sunday game, but La Russa said he spoke to him and said Hendriks was confident and eager to return to the hill with a guided tour.
“He’s just drooling and drooling and hoping to get another chance today,” said La Russa. “Smoke comes out of his ears and nose. He’s a very tough guy. He has proven it and he will be ready. “
The Sox Put Carlos Rodon on Wednesday’s 10-day injured list with shoulder fatigue but initial reports suggest he should be back on the hill in no time.
“The exam was encouraging. No damage, just tired, ”said La Russa. “The pain was there, but it wasn’t anything that wouldn’t make us optimistic that after 10 days it will be ready to pitch.”
Rodon has thrown 109-inch innings, the most for him since 2018. He threw 7-inch innings in 2020 because of shoulder pain.
It’s possible Rodon could return in Toronto next week, La Russa said.
• Leury garcia was placed on the seven-day IL, retroactive August 13, with a concussion after walking into the outfield wall during the Field of Dreams game.