Keeping Jose Abreu out of the lineup for three days was an easy decision for White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who wanted to protect his All-Star first baseman from aggravating a strained right elbow.

Putting him back in the lineup Sunday was an easy decision, as well — not because of Abreu’s persistent pleas, but because he showed in workouts he was ready.

“That desire [to play] is commendable, but it wouldn’t have been wise on our part,” Renteria said of keeping Abreu out until Sunday.

Renteria used Abreu as the DH to ease stress on the elbow.

Having him in the lineup again was stress relief for the team.

“We need his bat,” Tim Anderson said. “We feed off him.”

Renteria has watched Abreu firsthand only since last season, but he sees a player performing at his best.