Rookie Jose Abreu blasted onto the scene this season as a rising star making an immediate impact for the Chicago White Sox. In his first month as a big leaguer, he set the rookie record for the most home runs and RBIs in April. He was leading two-thirds of the MLB Triple Crown while making the White Sox a must-see team.
But then in mid-May, Abreu had to be placed on the DL, which derailed arguably one of the best starts to a career ever.
It is somewhat fitting that Abreu made his return from the DL in the City of Angels, and city of stars against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig. Last year, it was fellow Cuban Puig who made an immediate impact with his team as a rookie. One year later, Puig continues to be Puig as he reportedly showed up late to batting practice before Tuesday’s game, while Abreu continues to carry the Sox to relevance.
In his return from the DL, Abreu is 3-for-8 with two home runs, five RBIs and two runs scored. The big slugger is picking up right where he left off, and doing it against a staff who very nearly threw back-to-back no-hitters a short time ago.
The record book shows that the White Sox went 8-6 while Abreu was on the sidelines, but anyone who follows the White Sox know that Abreu is the engine that makes the Chicago lineup run. He is the star and focal point for the Sox. Abreu is doing things not witnessed very often in the history of this game. He is making the game look easy.
If the White Sox have any hope of reaching the postseason in 2014, Abreu will have to be the guy to lead them. All the Sox needs to do is simply jump on his back and enjoy the ride. It has been quite a ride thus far, and the summer is just beginning in Chicago.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.