Adam Eaton suffers bruised lower back after crashing into fence
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 6, 2014 9:29PM
Updated: August 7, 2014 12:09AM
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left the game Wednesday against the visiting Texas Rangers with a bruised lower back after crashing into the fence while chasing a home run by Adam Rosales in the second inning.
Eaton, who walked off the field slowly but under his own power, hit the fence in full stride, apparently losing sight of where it was. X-rays were negative.
‘‘I kind of miscalculated a little bit,’’ said Eaton, who thought the ball had the same trajectory as another that was hit the same way earlier, except that ‘‘the crazy wind of Chicago’’ pushed it farther. ‘‘I’ve never done that before. I’m a little embarrassed.’’
Eaton won’t play Thursday and said the long flight to Seattle will tell him a lot about how much more time he might miss. He seemed a bit woozy, too.
Eaton, whose gung-ho style has been a topic of conversation because of the risks it presents to his health, has missed 22 games with a variety of injuries. He was on the 15-day disabled list in May with a strained right hamstring.
‘‘I was bound and determined to kind of put everything aside, which is not the smartest thing to do,’’ Eaton said.
Eaton, the Sox’ leadoff man, has a .305 average and a .372 on-base percentage.
Dunn gets his wish
Slugger Adam Dunn’s desire to pitch in a major-league game finally came true in the Sox’ 16-0 loss Tuesday.
‘‘He’s been begging for three years,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘He was a little shocked when I walked up and said, ‘Tonight’s your night.’ ’’
‘‘I wasn’t going out there to blow it out,’’ said Dunn, who said he conserved velocity and threw what the Rangers called a ‘‘power sinker,’’ a pitch in the low 80s with movement. ‘‘My biggest concern was throwing strikes.’’
Dunn has 457 career home runs, the most by a player at the time of his first pitching appearance.
Cooper to miss Seattle
Pitching coach Don Cooper can’t fly because of his bout with vertigo, so Seattle and possibly San Francisco are out of the question.
‘‘He’s just not feeling any better,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It wouldn’t do him any good to get him on a plane. Just stay here, get some treatment and figure out what’s going on.’’
Retiring captain Paul Konerko will be honored throughout September, with tributes and special promotions for fans at each of the Sox’ 11 home games that month. A ‘‘Club Konerko’’ will be created in Sections 158 and 159. Go to whitesox.com/konerko for the full list.
Konerko, who was hitting .364 as a pinch hitter entering play Wednesday, struck out against Neal Cotts, a member of the Sox’ 2005 World Series champions, in the seventh.