Last season was truly one to forget for Chicago first baseman José Abreu . Statistics aside, he underwent emergency groin surgery and was later hospitalized with an infection. Due to this unforeseen circumstances, Abreu was limited to a  career low 128 games last season, marking the first time in his big league career he didn’t appear in at least 145 games for the White Sox. There were some rough stretches for Abreu in 2018, but dealing with these factors, and perhaps how long they actually were plaguing him could explain the down months of June and July. However, he was white hot in the month of August until he was placed on the disabled list, only to come back for the final six games games of the season and hit .125 with nearly as many hit by pitches as base hits.

Albeit a down year in 2018 for Abreu, there is plenty of optimism for the first baseman in 2019, as it seems from the surface that bad luck and untimely injuries ate into his production in 2018. With better health...