MLB notes: Injured White Sox rookie Jose Abreu progressing

Rookie Jose Abreu hopes to be back with the White Sox soon after an explosive month of April....

Rookie Jose Abreu hopes to be back with the White Sox soon after an explosive month of April. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)

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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is making progress in recovering from his injured left ankle.

Abreu, who set rookie records for home runs and RBIs in April, is out of a walking boot and participated in baseball activities before Monday game against the Cleveland Indians.

Abreu took 25-30 grounders at first base, played catch with coach Joe McEwing for 10 minutes and hit balls off a tee in the indoor batting cage.

Abreu has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18.

"It's progressing, it's getting better," manager Robin Ventura said. "I know he's not happy sitting on the bench. Even if he had been in a cast, he still wouldn't be happy (just because) he's out of it. It's getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same."

The White Sox hope Abreu will come off the DL when he is eligible on June 2. The White Sox start a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Abreu returns then, he would play against fellow Cuban Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers for the first time in the majors.

Abreu has 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. At the end of April, he set rookie marks with 10 homers and 32 RBIs. He was named American League rookie and player of the month.

MORELAND TAKING OVER FIRST

There now is a small sample of evidence as to how the Texas Rangers are going to handle the season-long loss of Prince Fielder -- for the short term anyway.

Manager Ron Washington will hand Fielder's first-base spot back to Mitch Moreland and will bat him third for at least a while under the new reality of a lineup that no longer features big boppers.

"I just want Mitch to be Mitch," Washington said. "If he is Mitch, that's going to be good enough.

"If they throw balls in the strike zone, take hacks at 'em. As long as you (writers) don't try to make him be Babe Ruth."

Fielder will undergo neck disc fusion surgery on Tuesday and miss the remainder of the season.

METS' YOUNG, PROSPECT ON DL

The New York Mets placed outfielder Eric Young Jr. on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right hamstring injury.

To fill Young's spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Young's hamstring injury has been lingering and it worsened Saturday after he stole a base against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He plans to have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Despite having 17 stolen bases, Young has not started in the last five games. He is batting .220 with one home run and 17 RBIs in 141 at-bats.

Also, the Mets placed top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Snydergaard, who plays for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, was scheduled to be examined by team doctors in New York after being diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain.

CUBS ACTIVATE RUGGIANO

The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

In a corresponding move, the club sent outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa.

Ruggiano, 32, was on the DL since April 24 because of a hamstring strain. He completed a six-game rehab assignment with Iowa before being activated.

Ruggiano was batting .229 with a home run in six RBIs when he went on the DL.

Kalish, 26, is batting .242 in 39 games with the Cubs. In recent years, he has battled neck and shoulder injuries.

MINOR LEAGUER SWATS FOUR HOMERS

New York Yankees prospect Mike Ford hit four home runs in one game for Class A Charleston on Sunday -- just four days after the another minor-leaguer accomplished the same feat.

On Wednesday, Arizona Diamondbacks minor-leaguer Jon Griffin clubbed four home runs in one game. Griffin added another homer the next day, giving him five straight, before the streak ended.

"It's a great feeling to do that in a game, to help my team win, to get a much-needed win. I've come close to it, but this is just the greatest feeling," Ford, who was the designated hitter, told MiLB.com. "I hit a changeup and a slider out tonight and a couple fastballs. When you're looking for your fourth home run, that's the pitch you want."

Charleston won Sunday's game over Hickory 17-10.

Ford, 21, signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton last summer. He was named the Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year last spring. The Yankees have made him a first baseman full-time.


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