GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In two at-bats during Tuesday's intrasquad game, Jose Abreu picked up an infield hit on a slow roller to third. Abreu and the White Sox probably expect more of a power-packed connection in the future, but that single was a good start in the first baseman's mind.
"That was God helping me out with that," said a smiling Abreu through White Sox coach and translator Lino Diaz. "As long as I help the team, I'll take 100 of those."
Abreu's Spring Training goals are simple: watch a great deal of live pitching, and take his development at-bat by at-bat. The big man also looked smooth over at first base defensively, which was not a surprise to manager Robin Ventura.
"A lot has been made of him moving around, but he's played first base before," said Ventura. "I think he's a good first baseman. He's got good hands, knows what to do with the ball when it's hit to him. So, I didn't see anything that made me take a double-take. Just let him play."