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“He is coming back, but you still have to play the game. They’ve been good so far of just staying focused in the moment and going through it. You get a couple of days where it just doesn’t look good,” he said.
Abreu ranks among the major league leaders with 15 homers and 42 RBIs despite missing time because of tendinitis in his left ankle.
Abreu got up and took about several more at-bats after receiving treatment.
“He’s fine,” Ventura said. “He took one in the upper arm, but he’s fine.”
Abreu is expected to do another simulated game on Sunday.
Tyson Ross (6-4) limited the White Sox to two runs - one earned - on five hits in six innings, and Huston Street remained perfect in 17 save chances this season.
“It was a battle today,” Ross said. “The guys gave me a lead early. It wasn’t very comfortable though. They were in striking distance the whole time. They’re a good-hitting team.”
“Anytime you can find a way to get outs when you don’t have your best stuff, that’s what pitching’s all about,” he said.
In the third series between the two teams - and the first since 2005 - the Padres had the leadoff hitter reach base in seven of the nine innings. The White Sox managed only one runner in the final four innings.
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