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Abreu exits with right hip flexor strain

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CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning with what the team announced as a mild right hip flexor strain but Abreu listed as more of a groin issue.

With Alcides Escobar on first, Abreu tried to field Cheslor Cuthbert's slow roller to his right and his legs went out from under him and stretched awkwardly. Both runners were safe, and after being examined by the White Sox staff, Abreu departed. He had two doubles and an RBI in his two at-bats before exiting.

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CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning with what the team announced as a mild right hip flexor strain but Abreu listed as more of a groin issue.

With Alcides Escobar on first, Abreu tried to field Cheslor Cuthbert's slow roller to his right and his legs went out from under him and stretched awkwardly. Both runners were safe, and after being examined by the White Sox staff, Abreu departed. He had two doubles and an RBI in his two at-bats before exiting.

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"I feel good right now," said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "I got treatment and I feel good. The day off tomorrow is going to help and I hope to be ready for the first game in Detroit."

Todd Frazier, who started the game at third base, moved to first. Tyler Saladino moved from second to third and Yolmer Sanchez entered the game at second. If Abreu is absent for a game or two, the White Sox certainly have versatility to mix and match in the field.

Abreu is 8-for-15 over his last four games. But he doesn't worry about the injury slowing his offensive rebound. If Abreu had his choice, he wouldn't have even left early on Wednesday.

"He did not want to come out," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He was pretty adamant but I think all of us, you don't take any chances. I think it was just the right thing to do at that time."

"When you are on the field, you don't want to leave the field," said Abreu with a smile. "It doesn't matter what's the reason or what's happening. But he's the boss and he made that decision and you have to accept it."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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