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White Sox GM Rick Hahn optimistic Jose Abreu will return June 2

Updated: May 23, 2014 12:24AM

Jose Abreu continues to receive treatment for his left ankle and will keep it immobilized in a walking boot through the weekend. The encouraging word Thursday from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was that baseball’s home-run leader is making progress.

“We continue to be optimistic about him being ready about the time the 15 days [on the disabled list] are up,’’ Hahn said.

That would be on June  2, when the Sox open a six-game road trip against the Dodgers and Angels.

Hahn said Abreu’s medical records going back to his time in Cuba showed no ankle issues. He said it would be unfair to project Abreu’s posterior tibial tendinitis as a chronic problem.

“There’s no basis for that at this time,’’ Hahn said.

Noesi in, Carroll out

Waiver claim Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31 ERA), who makes his fifth start for the Sox on Friday against the Yankees, got the nod over Scott Carroll to stay in the rotation.

“He’s more comfortable in the starting role, [and] we feel we’ve made progress with him in the starting role in terms of getting him where we want him to be,’’ Hahn said.

Carroll, who has had three poor starts after two good ones, will be a long man in the bullpen.

“It showed me they like my skill set enough to keep me up here,’’ he said. “That’s a tribute to me, and that’s how they feel about me . . . and I was very happy to hear the news.’’

An ode to Jeter

Paul Konerko admires fellow retiree-to-be Derek Jeter, who’s playing his last series at U.S. Cellular Field, for not only his performance but the way he has handled the glare in New York.

“A guy like that, as good as he is, has everybody staring at him and looking at him for 20 years, and he handles it right and does right by it, and he’s never let anybody down. It’s really amazing. He might be the best ever when it comes to that.’’

Said Hahn: “He’s been a fantastic ambassador for the game and one of the great Yankees. A championship player, Hall of Fame-caliber player. It will be a nice weekend, and hopefully we can send him off getting swept.’’

Jeter (20 years starting in 1995) and Konerko (16 starting in ’99) are the longest-tenured active players with their current teams. Konerko played with the Dodgers in 1997 and with the Dodgers and Reds in ’98.

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