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Abreu goes through limited workout without boot

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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu had the protective boot taken off of his left ankle and went through a limited workout prior to Monday's series opener with the Indians.

Abreu, who has been on the disabled list since May 18 with inflammation in his left ankle, took 25 grounders from bench coach Mark Parent at first base. He played catch for 10 minutes and then hit 30 balls off of a tee in the batting cages.

The first baseman went directly to treatment after the workout and will talk to the media later in the week. But Abreu gave a statement through Lino Diaz, the White Sox manager of cultural development and interpreter.

"He got all the work he needed to do and felt no pain at all," Diaz said. "He's feeling really good."

June 2 stands as the day when Abreu is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, with the White Sox beginning a six-game road trip in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. But the White Sox have not set a return date for Abreu, and that probably won't change.

"It's progressing, it's getting better," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "I know he's not happy sitting on the bench. It's getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same."

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.

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