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White Sox get good news on Jose Abreu’s ankle

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu reacts after striking out swinging during first inning an interleague baseball game against ArizonDiamondbacks Chicago

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu reacts after striking out swinging during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: May 19, 2014 7:55PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Further tests on Jose Abreu’s left ankle performed Monday confirmed inflammation in the White Sox slugger’s left ankle. Abreu will remain in a walking boot for the next several days and be re-evaluated during the Sox home stand, which begins Thursday.

The good news for the Sox is that there is no underlying tear. Abreu went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with posterior tibia tendonitis. He returned to Chicago Sunday to have an MRI.

Abreu leads the majors in homers with 15.

In other injury news, lefthander Chris Sale (flexor muscle strain) will throw a sideline Tuesday in Kansas City, and the Sox are expected to decide after what his next course of action will be. Sale’s earliest return would be against the Yankees, with whom the Sox open their next home stand Thursday.

Sale played catch Monday. Manager Robin Ventura said Sale is experiencing “general soreness” but “the good news is that he’s feeling good and he continues to progress.”

Sale hasn’t pitched for the Sox since April 17. He pitched four innings in a minor league rehab start for AAA Charlotte on Friday.

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