Fantasy Baseball: Jose Abreu close to a return; other injury news

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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu got off to quite the start during the month of April, clubbing 10 homers and driving in 31 runs in his first month in the major leagues.

Apr 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Abreu’s hot start was cooled down by a trip to the disabled list as the slugger has been sidelined since May 18 with inflammation his left ankle.

However there’s good news on the horizon for Abreu owners as he could be back in uniform as early as Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Abreu took batting practice again Friday and will go through simulated game work on Saturday and Sunday in Chicago. That simulated work will take the place of a rehab assignment so if all goes well Abreu should be back in your lineups this week.

In other injury news:

Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

There is no time table for a return, but it doesn’t seem one is imminent for Wieters. The catcher threw about 25 times on Friday and said things felt better, but is taking it slow for now.

Wieters will rest on Saturday and is planning to throw again on Sunday. He’ll keep to that schedule for the time being.

Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

Santana must pass a series of tests before he can return from the seven-day concussion disabled list. The first test included Santana watching the first three innings of Friday’s game against the Rockies from the Indians’ dugout. That challenge served to determine whether Santana could function in the light.

He felt sick and dizzy at the start of the week. Santana took a foul tip to the mask on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore and said Friday afternoon that he felt better than he had all week. But he has yet to initiate any baseball activities and I wouldn’t expect to see him any time in the next few days.

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