Abreu, Robert take honors courses
The White Sox doubled down on a pair of monthly honors Wednesday. First baseman Jose Abreu was named American League Player of the Month, and center fielder Luis
Robert was named AL Rookie of the Month for July/August.
It’s the third such career honor for Abreu, while Robert claimed the rookie honor in his first 33 games in the major leagues. Last week, righthander Lucas Giolito was named AL Player of the Week after pitching a nohitter against the Pirates — one week after Abreu snagged that distinction.
“One of the things that made me happier is that Luis Robert award,” Abreu said. “That was one of my goals when the season started, to help him get as many awards as possible. This is the first one.”
Abreu has taken Robert, a fellow Cuban, under his wing.
“It’s very gratifying because I’ve been pushing him to get to this point,” Abreu said. “I’m going to continue pushing him to do better and to take advantage of all his talent. For us, he’s the Cuban Mike Trout. I’m going to do all I can to make him a better player every day.”
Abreu, 33, hit .315/.359/.636 with 12 home runs, 10 doubles, 32 RBI and a .996 OPS in 35 games in July and August. His 11 homers in August were the second-most in club history in that month behind Frank Thomas’ 13 in 2003.
Abreu set club records with six blasts in a three-game weekend series against the Cubs, homering in four consecutive plate appearances over two games.
Robert, 23, batted .298/.348/.612 with 10 homers, eight doubles, 24 RBI, 22 runs and four stolen bases while playing superb defense.
Moncada returns to lineup
Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore hamstring, which has bothered him for much of the season. Moncada has been hindered by hamstring issues during his career, and starting summer camp late because of a positive coronavirus test probably wasn’t ideal for his legs.
“I hope it’s not something that lingers,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I hope it’s something we can genuinely manage. We miss him in the lineup, obviously. He’s a big part of us.”
The trainers are “racking their brains to see what they can do to put him in a position to play as much as possible as consistently over time.”
Wait till next year for Kopech
Rather than trade for another starter, the Sox are banking on
Reynaldo Lopez, who started Wednesday, to rediscover his 2018 form and hoping Carlos Rodon
(shoulder) can be healthy and effective when he returns from the injured list.
Lopez (8.38 ERA) allowed three runs (one earned), four hits and two walks in 1⅔ innings against the Twins.
Had Michael Kopech not opted out of this season, talks of making upgrades might have been nonexistent. But Kopech’s presence will have to wait till next year.
“As I told you when we discussed Michael originally opting out, we still view him as a premium piece on a very good team for a long time,” general manager Rick Hahn said Monday.
Kopech’s name was floated before the deadline in rumors involving Mike
Clevinger, who was traded to the
“To be motivated to move someone like that, we’d have to feel we are having something similar walk in the door,” Hahn said. “We still think very highly of Michael.” email@example.com | @CST_soxvan
Sox center fielder Luis Robert makes a leaping attempt but can’t prevent a home run by Twins center fielder Jake Cave in the second inning.