White Sox place Abreu on DL

Abreu defected from Cuba in August, 2013. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox placed rookie first baseman Jose Abreu on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle.

Abreu had been dealing with a sore ankle for a couple days, and he was set to sit out Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros. However, the White Sox ultimately decided to place him on the DL. He is expected to undergo an MRI in the coming days, which should give a better indication of when he can return to the lineup.

Abreu leads the American League with 15 home runs, 103 total bases and 42 RBI this season and became the first American League player to win both the Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month awards in his first month in the majors.

The Cuban slugger joined the White Sox after signing a six-year, $68 million deal in October.