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updated: 5/26/2014 7:50 PM

White Sox' Abreu gets closer to return

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As he was hoping, injured White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was able to shed his protective walking boot Monday and resume baseball activities.

On the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle, Abreu still leads the Sox with 15 home runs and 42 RBI despite missing the last nine games.

Before the Sox' win over the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, Abreu took groundballs at first base, played catch and hit off the tee in the indoor batting cage.

If he continues to make progress, Abreu could come off the DL and be back in the lineup Monday when the White Sox open a three-game interleague series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

"It's progressing; it's getting better," manager Robin Ventura said. "I know he's not happy sitting on the bench. Even if he had been in a cast, he still wouldn't be happy he's out of it. It's getting better though. The timeline right now is still the same."

Flowers ejected:

Catcher Tyler Flowers was ejected for the first time in his career Monday after arguing a called third strike from home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa in the fourth inning. The pitch from Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin appeared to be low and inside.

"Obviously I strongly disagreed with the call he made," said Flowers, who also flipped his bat after being rung up. "A little heated at the moment. I said my piece and that was it. I disagreed with the call.

"I didn't use any profanity or anything before the ejection. But we'll just leave it at that. I disagreed with it and he was quick to put me in the clubhouse."

Good to go:

In each of the past two games, center fielder Adam Eaton appeared to tweak the right hamstring that landed him on the disabled list earlier this month.

Appearances can be deceiving.

Eaton actually, when he's thrown out, is trying not to run so hard through first base to protect his legs.

"He feels fine," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think that's part of keeping him around awhile. He plays hard, and that's just the way he plays."

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