Chicago White Sox slugger and reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be away from the team for a few days, the team announced Wednesday.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Abreu is “completely asymptomatic.” Abreu thinks he contracted a mild case in January, Hahn said, adding that’s “reinforced by the presence of COVID antibodies in additional testing.”
“Other than being frustrated, Jose feels great and, like the rest of us, is looking forward to when he rejoins the club in the not-too distant future,” Hahn said.
Abreu hit .317 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 60 games last season, leading the White Sox to their first playoff appearance since 2008. It earned him league MVP honors.
Abreu was Rookie of the Year in 2014 and is a three-time All-Star. He’s a career .294 hitter with a slugging percentage of .520. He has hit 198 home runs in his seven seasons with the White Sox.