Refreshed Abreu set to make adjustments
ARLINGTON -- Jose Abreu feels fine physically and seemed upbeat and a bit refreshed on Friday evening, after not starting Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox.
In the throes of a 1-for-25 slump after Friday's series opener against the Rangers, Abreu understands that his success is predicated on making adjustments to counter adjustments already made by opposing pitchers.
"That's the time to make adjustments right now," said Abreu through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "But you know all you have to do is continue to work hard throughout the season and then at the end of the season we'll see what we got.
"I don't think they are pitching in a different way. I just have to become a little more disciplined. I have been chasing a little bit of pitches out of the zone."
Abreu received a great deal of early attention for a relatively hot start that included multi-homer games in Colorado on April 7 and at home against Cleveland on April 10, as well as 14 RBIs. His average has dipped to .213 during this current funk, but as general manager Rick Hahn mentioned during Spring Training, Abreu, or any other young player, won't be judged on a week to week or even month-to-month basis.
These slumps were expected, so they will eventually look at Abreu's overall body of work.
"Right now we are more concentrated on trying to provide collectively for the team," Abreu said. "In doing that, then I can go ahead and do my part and make adjustments on my part."