Abreu shrugs off sore left ankle

Abreu shrugs off sore left ankle

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There doesn't seem to be much worry coming from Jose Abreu concerning his sore left ankle, even though the minor injury got a little worse during Friday's game against the Indians.

"Actually, it got better on the games right before yesterday," said Abreu, through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "Then, yesterday went backwards again.

"It's not anything big. It's soreness. It's something I can control, I can play with it. I want to play. If I knew it was something worse than that, I probably would sit. It's nothing but soreness."

Abreu, who started against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw Saturday night at Camelback Ranch and knocked out a single to center, thinks the soreness might be coming from the arch support he's using or from the extra amount of activity. But the first baseman isn't sure.

The problem creeps up the most when Abreu stops when he's running and puts weight on it.

"That's psychological," Abreu said. "It's something that you can get through. It's not a concern for me."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.