The Chicago White Sox are hopeful Jose Abreu will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Abreu, 34, has been ill since the weekend and didn't travel with the team to Houston on Tuesday.

"He caught a bit of the flu," Tony La Russa said. "Got to the workout yesterday [in Chicago], and he had had a tough night with fever, and now we're all brimming with happiness and excitement because the fever broke.

"He passed the [COVID] test, which [is] mandatory, and he'll be flying back here tonight."

Abreu is expected to be a game-time decision.