"There's not too many guys left there. I know a lot of the guys, but there's not too many left that I actually played on the same team with."
As Morneau mentioned on Sunday, he's getting closer to a big league return. He'll continue to take on-field batting practice throughout the White Sox weekend trip to Houston and could then begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
The process Morneau is going through is like that of Spring Training as he tries to get ready for a return after the All-Star break.
"You go into Spring Training, you get two at-bats, you get a day off, you get two at-bats, you have a day off. You kind of go through that whole thing of stretching it out," he said. "The total number of at-bats, I think it's more of that point at the end of the spring where you get four or five days in a row where you're getting at-bats and you're seeing pitching every day. That's where the timing starts to come, at least for me.
"I don't know how many days that's going to take. Once I go on a rehab assignment, I can't see it being less than 30 at-bats before I'll be ready. But who knows? I could feel great after 20 or whatever. To say less than that would probably be pushing it a little too much."
Abreu remains confident
Jose Abreu had reached base in 20 straight games before going 0-for-4 in Sunday's victory over the Blue Jays. He has a .310 average, 20 RBIs and a .920 OPS in June, quickly turning around after a slow start offensively to the season.
"I like to check the stats and compare where I am this season and the last two seasons," said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "When you check my numbers in my first season, before the All-Star [break], you say, 'Oh, pretty good numbers.' I don't know why the last two seasons I wasn't able to match those, but I've got very good numbers, too.
"It's just baseball. Sometimes you have a very good first [half] and sometimes you don't have a very good second half, and vice versa. But obviously, I haven't had the same numbers that I had in the first year before the All-Star break."
Abreu feels good physically, using days off on Friday and Monday to get his sore legs into a healthier spot.
"My off-days aren't completely off. I still do my daily workout," he said. "My off-days are off because I'm not playing -- I'm not doing anything related to baseball."