LOS ANGELES — It was somewhere around three hrs before first pitch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium when Jose Abreu along with Yasiel Puig, old friends and teammates, engaged in conversation behind the hitting cage.
The two had not really caught up with each other since talking during a Cactus League sport in Arizona.
‘We had a beneficial conversation,’ said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. ‘We’re about to probably do something after the sport, go and have dinner or something like that where we can exchange a little more.
‘Down in Arizona in Spring Training, it was tough for individuals to [meet]. As a matter of fact, the only real exchange I had with your pet is when we played these people right before the game. I am really glad I had the opportunity to perform more today and will get the chance to do more during this line.’
Abreu, the White Sox first baseman, and also Puig, the Dodgers right fielder, have diverse playing styles, but the Cienfuegos’ teammates with Cuba both have imposed their immense talent on the opposition considering that coming to the big leagues. Abreu returned to action against Dodgers expert Clayton Kershaw, after being sidelined since May possibly 18 with left rearfoot tendinitis.
At the time Abreu was placed on those with disability list, he topped the actual Majors with 15 homers and brought the American League together with 42 RBIs, 103 total bases as well as a .595 slugging percentage. The White Sox done 8-6 without Abreu, but even as they shakes off rust, many people clearly are better with him or her back.
‘I’m just ready to go as well as play some games,’ Abreu said.
‘You become a little more potent in the middle of your lineup,Inch White Sox manager Robin Ventura mentioned. ‘Everybody moves back one place. He’s a good hitter. Any person would like to have him in their selection. The way we’ve been surviving devoid of him, you are just happy to have him back and it’s a great shot in the arm.’
Six Cuban-born avid gamers are featured in this three-game string. Joining Puig and Abreu are Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez in addition to Dayan Viciedo with the White Sox and Erisbel Arruebarrena with all the Dodgers. Arruebarrena, who was also part of Cienfuegos, reached get Abreu at the team inn Monday to spend some time together.
‘That doesn’t happen all the time,’ Abreu said. ‘It’s a good feeling to possess them here, close collectively.’