HOUSTON – José Abreu will start at designated hitter for the White Sox on Thursday for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Astros.
The decision came down an hour before first pitch, with Abreu battling illness in recent days. White Sox manager Tony La Russa wrote up two versions of his lineup Thursday morning, he said, one with Abreu as the DH and one without him.
Abreu was scheduled to travel to Houston Wednesday night, his arrival delayed by flu-like symptoms. Multiple tests confirmed that the illness was not COVID-19. Abreu had battled fever Monday night, after sitting out the regular season finale.
“Now, we're all brimming with happiness and excitement because the fever broke,” La Russa said Wednesday. “… Our worst fears were never realized. He'll be back in uniform.”
Here’s the White Sox’ lineup, behind Game 1 starting pitcher Lance Lynn:
SS Tim Anderson
3B Yoán Moncada
DH José Abreu
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Luis Robert
LF Eloy Jiménez
1B Gavin Sheets
RF Adam Engel
2B Leury García
P Lance Lynn