White Sox first baseman collided with Dozier near first base line on pop-up
First baseman Jose Abreu is day-to-day after leaving the White Sox game against the Royals Friday after a hard collision with the Royals’ Hunter Dozier near the first base line in the second inning.
Abreu bruised his left knee and sustained a bruise and cut on his face. An initial assessment for a concussion was negative, the Sox said.
Abreu walked off but needed assistance after Dozier, who popped out to catcher Yasmani Grandal, ran to Grandal’s right but with his head down didn’t see Abreu running with his head up toward the play. Dozier and Abreu crashed into each other around the shoulder area and both were down for several moments, Abreu holding his head with both hands.
Grandal moved to first base and Zack Collins took over at catcher. Dozier left the game and was replaced by Hanser Alberto at third base.
Abreu hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. On the first pitch from Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito after the injury delay, Michael Taylor homered to right field to give the Royals a 2-1 lead in the first game of a doubleheader. Both games are seven innings.
The Royals, who entered with an 11-game losing streak, led 5-1 on a Salvador Perez homer in the third inning. The Sox entered with a six-game winning streak.