White Sox put Adam Eaton on disabled list
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 9, 2014 5:45PM
Updated: August 9, 2014 11:22PM
SEATTLE — Timing is everything, and for the White Sox, losing Adam Eaton couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Sox had dropped four in a row going into Saturday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners and have looked flat doing it, in part because the team has scored five runs during the streak. Jose Abreu is the driving force, but it’s Eaton’s energetic style, and, more importantly, production in the leadoff spot that makes the Sox’ lineup go — when it goes.
But Eaton won’t be around to do that for at least another two weeks, possibly longer, after the Sox placed him on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. Eaton described his frustration level at this injury, the second one to put him on the disabled list, as “huge.’’
“I’m not doing anybody any good, and I’ve said that many times before,’’ he said. “I want to be out with these guys. I want to try and produce as well as I can and stay healthy doing that. Running into the wall is not healthy.’’
Left-handed hitting outfielder Jordan Danks was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. Danks didn’t start against Mariners lefty James Paxton on Saturday, but he will start Sunday and play against most right-handers while Eaton is out, manager Robin Ventura said.
It will be hard to top Eaton’s .304 average, 19 doubles, seven triples and 32 RBI. Eaton ranks among the American League leaders in triples (tied for second), on-base percentage (eighth at .370) and average.
Danks was with the Sox from April 10-May 7, going 4-for-41. At Charlotte, he batted .276 with 16 homers, 18 doubles and 56 RBI in 88 games.
Eaton crashed into the fence in right-center field at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday trying to chase down a home run. He left that game in the second inning with a sore low back, missed Thursday’s game and was said to be ready to play Friday, but didn’t last long. He felt something give way in his side during his first at-bat and came out of the game.
Eaton has missed all or parts of 25 games with an assortment of injuries. He was on the DL in May with a strained hamstring and has also dealt with other leg, ankle and wrist injuries. He was playing with a broken bone in the middle finger of his right hand when this latest injury got him.
At some point, the 25-year-old will learn to take better care of his body. That’s the hope, anyway. The Sox put a stop to Eaton’s diving head first into first base early in the season, and he has picked his spots going down the line at full, all-out speed on each and every ground ball to help conserve his legs.
“Some of it is misfortune,’’ Ventura said. “Running into the fence, we can hopefully learn from that. If the ball is going out, be a little more aware of the fence. Part of it is that’s how he plays. Playing hard is not something you really want to take away from him.’’
“I hope the White Sox don’t think this is going to be a trend,’’ Eaton said. “It’s definitely not going to be a trend. I’m going to get back, be healthy and stay healthy hopefully for a long career with the White Sox. Hopefully, we can start that trend, staying healthy and playing a whole season as a healthy player and being productive at the same time.
“I learn something every day. My wife and I had a discussion about it this morning. She says, ‘This kind of sucks, but it’s all about learning.’ ’’