White Sox All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu is currently out of action with a nasty injury, but he took time Tuesday to praise teammate Michael Kopech.
“We as a team are just blessed to have him with us,” Jose Abreu said through a team translator Tuesday, via nbcsports.com. “With all the talent he has and all the stuff he has shown on the field, that’s one of the reasons for what we’ve all been saying in the last year or so, that we’re going to be good in the future. It’s because of players like him, the talent he has.
“In my case I’m just happy to have him on my team. I wouldn’t like to face him. Right now my purpose is just to help him and the young guys finish strong and for him, to be on this team for next year, to be part of the rotation and one of our main guys.”
Kopech, one of the top pitching prospects in MLB, has allowed just one earned run in 11 innings this season. But Chicago has been extremely conservative with him. Kopech has made three starts, but lasted over three innings just once.
Abreu also confirmed Tuesday that he had testicle torsion. He had surgery on Aug. 21 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
“It was one of my testicles turned sideways and was strangled,” Abreu said, via espn.com. “The doctor had to perform emergency surgery to save it. I never thought about it, but it was serious.”
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says he expects Abreu back in the lineup by mid-September. The 31-year-old veteran leads the White Sox with 22 homers and 78 RBI in 122 games.