MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox were without two regulars for the 5-4 series-finale loss to the Twins on Thursday at Target Field.
Both Jose Abreu (right elbow) and Tim Anderson (left hamstring) sustained minor injuries during Wednesday's defeat. As a result, White Sox manager Rick Renteria gave both of them the day off with a quick turnaround. However, Renteria does expect both to return on Friday against Tampa Bay.
"Actually, just giving them a little bit of time," Renteria said. "We figured we would give them both an opportunity to get treated and get them ready to get moving forward once we get back home."
Renteria said Abreu injured his elbow early in the game during a cutoff play. Abreu is batting .301 with 80 RBIs and 26 home runs in 518 at-bats this season. In 130 games, Abreu has recorded 278 total bases, trailing only Houston's Jose Altuve (280) in the American League.
"I think he's one of the better hitters in the game right now," Renteria said. "I don't know that he can do anything more than he's doing right now, to be honest. His at-bats have been unbelievable."
Meanwhile, Renteria said that Anderson had a minor tweak in his hamstring, though Renteria doesn't anticipate that to sideline Anderson for too long. Anderson is hitting .241 with a .260 on-base percentage in 474 at-bats this year. He has drove in 45 runs and clubbed 14 homers through 119 games.
Matt Davidson started at first base on Thursday, while Tyler Saladino held down the shortstop position.
"I would hope," Renteria said, regarding Abreu and Anderson returning for the series opener against Tampa Bay.
• Yoan Moncada continues to rest from home after being placed on the disabled list with a right shin contusion on Aug. 25. Renteria said the team will discuss the possibility of him resuming baseball activities when the team returns to Chicago this weekend.
"From all signs, he's continued to improve and feel better," Renteria said.