Bobby Abreu trying to get back to majors

Two-time All-Star playing with Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, which lost to the OKC RedHawks on Thursday night.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 28, 2012
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photo -   Los Angeles Dodgers' Bobby Abreu watches his double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Bobby Abreu watches his double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Show up for a Triple-A baseball game and you never know who you might see.

Bobby Abreu, a two-time All-Star who has slammed 286 major league home runs, played in his first minor league game in 15 years Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Hitting third for the Albuquerque Isotopes, Abreu, 38, remains hopeful the Los Angeles Dodgers might make him part of their playoff plans.

“They just want me to come here and get some at-bats, some playing time,” Abreu said. “We'll have to wait and see what happens.”

Abreu was designated for assignment Aug. 1 and cleared waivers after hitting .251 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 70 games for the Dodgers. He started the season with the Angels, who released him in late April.

The deadline for being on a major league roster to be eligible for the playoffs is Friday night at midnight.

The Dodgers' decision might come down to Abreu or utility infielder Adam Kennedy, whose role has diminished after they added Nick Punto in a blockbuster trade last weekend with Boston.

“This year has been kind of up and down, a little bit crazy,” Abreu said. “You have to concentrate, stay focused, stay positive and anything can happen. You don't give up. You just keep pushing.”

Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Isotopes' 6-5 loss to RedHawks. Tuesday's game was his first in nearly a month after being hampered by a sprained ankle.

“I'm trying to work the count, have a good approach at the plate, work my legs and have some good at-bats,” Abreu said. “I need to see some pitches, see different pitchers and everything will be all right.”

Ironically, the last time Abreu played in Oklahoma City it was 15 years to the day of the final game played at All Sports Stadium (Aug. 28, 1997).

That off-season Tampa Bay selected Abreu in the expansion draft and traded him to Philadelphia where he

Abreu began his 15-year major league career with Philadelphia.

“It's kind of weird to be on the same field with the same goal,” said former OSU quarterback Josh Fields, Albuquerque's third baseman. “Like the rest of us, he's playing to get back to the majors. He wants to help the Dodgers in the playoffs.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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