As Chicago White Sox hovers around .500, Jose Abreu shrugs off Tony La Russa criticism – The Mercury News

Houston Astros mascot Orbit went around bad territory with a small disco ball hanging from a string. The mascot will stop and encourage the person close to the ball to dance.

The orbit moved closer to the left-field foul line where the Chicago White Sox was pulling on Friday. Jose Abreu was the closest player. Abreu obliged to do a few dance moves before returning to his stretching.

The next day, Orbit placed a sign challenging any Sox player to a paper airplane contest, before eventually competing with someone associated with the Astros.

Abreu laughed when the topic came up before Sunday’s game.

“I’m too old to play with all those things, especially because I don’t know what he was planning to do,” Abreu said through an interpreter.

It was a light moment on a winning journey for the Sox, who ended the three-match series at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night.

Abreu, 35, acknowledged his teammates – veterans and young players – for his versatility while the Sox battled injuries.

“They’re giving us their best effort and that’s something you really have to recognize and have a lot of value in,” Abreu said. “It shows his character and the character of this team. At the same time, we have to recognize all the good work that the coaching staff and training staff are doing to all of us, trying to overcome all situations and trying to keep us in good health. ,

A key contributor is to return on Monday in the form of shortstop Tim Anderson. He has been on the injured list retrospectively on 30 May with a strained right groin.

“We are a different team when he plays,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa, who also noted Danny Mendick’s strong play when Anderson was out. “We exchanged texts for the past two days and (Sunday) morning, and he said he was ready to go.

“He’s moving forward (against the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday) and we’ll be better off because he’s there.”

Anderson is a source of immediate offense, dropping .356/.393/.503 in 40 games.

He will rejoin the lineup that has seen Abreu heat up over the past month. Entering Sunday, the first baseman had dropped .345/.463/.600 in his last 29 games with 10 doubles, six home runs and 20 RBIs, raising his average from .197 to .267 . Abreu leads the Sox in homers (nine) and RBIs (32).

“You know you won’t be able to produce every time,” Abreu said. “But you have to be ready for when that time comes to you and you have to take advantage of that time.”

The Sox are still looking to put it all together. They’re hovering around .500, entering a game Sunday night.

Abreu said he does not heed external criticism of La Russa.

“It’s easy to blame the manager when things aren’t going right, but at the end of the day, it’s on us,” Abreu said. “We are the ones who are performing on the field. The responsibility should be on us.

“It’s easy to say whatever you want to say, or critics will say anything about the manager. But they’re not here. They’re not in the clubhouse. They don’t know how united we are or how good we are. All We know we are dealing with a lot of injuries. People don’t know how you have to recover from those situations and be able to play every day.

“It’s easy for them to blame Tony. But they don’t know how good we are at the clubhouse.”

Abreu said that the players support La Russa “because we all know that at the end of the day it is our responsibility to perform in the best way we can on the field. It is not his responsibility.

“I can tell you as a person, as a leader, that is all you can ask for in a manager.”

roster move

Before Sunday’s game, the Sox recalled outfielder Adam Hussle from Triple-A Charlotte and placed reliever Matt Foster on the mourning list.

Heasley has a .280/.344/.482 slash line acquired in the trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 29 with 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 51 games with Charlotte. He played five games for the Sox from April 20–24, going 2-for-10 with two walks.

In his last 17 matches with the Knights, Hesley has been batting .382 with six doubles, five home runs, 23 RBIs, 17 runs, six stolen bases and a .721 slugging percentage.

“Whenever you get an opportunity like this, you definitely take advantage of it and give whatever you have,” Hesley said ahead of Sunday’s game. “I am grateful to have done well over the past few weeks and of course I hope to continue here. Not trying to change anything, just be yourself and see what happens, helping the team win.” help.”

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