Abreu likely out Saturday with finger injury
White Sox slugger exits in 8th inning after commiting throwing error
HOUSTON -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Friday night's game -- a 6-3 victory in 11 innings over the Astros -- with irritation in his right index finger and is considered day to day.
Geovany Soto replaced Abreu in the lineup for the bottom of the eighth inning, with starting catcher Tyler Flowers moving defensively from catcher to first base. Abreu went 2-for-4 with a run scored and committed a costly throwing error in the sixth.
It's unclear which play during the game may have caused the finger issue, but it's not a new ailment for Abreu. After initially feeling pain in the finger during a batting session two weeks ago, he aggravated the same finger last week against the Indians, but it hadn't resulted in any missed time.
"It was like two weeks ago when I was in the cage in Chicago. The situation was getting worse, and today I couldn't continue playing," Abreu said. "That was the right choice, not just for me but the team. If you see the game, playing first base, I didn't throw the ball to the right spot because I didn't feel the finger. It was the right decision at the right time."
Manager Robin Ventura said given the severity of the swelling in the finger after the game, Abreu is unlikely to play on Saturday.
"I would doubt he will be playing [Saturday], just by the way it looks," Ventura said. "[Abreu] doesn't feel it's broken or anything, just bruised."
Abreu said he expects to get an X-ray on the finger for a more conclusive prognosis.