Apr 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) hits an RBI single against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Eaton returns to lineup Friday

Chicago White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton returns to the starting lineup Friday, for the first of four games against the Tampa Bay Rays at US Cellular Field.

Eaton has was injured during the series against the Texas Rangers, and missed the entire four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, which the White Sox split with their AL Central rival.

Eaton is penciled in to retake his spot at the top of the batting order, and play centerfield as he’s recovered from a hamstring issue.

This season, Eaton (who was traded to the White Sox from the Arizona Diamond Backs) is batting .282 with one home run, 10 RBIs and has an on-base percentage of .373.

Eaton’s numbers are solid, but he brings a lot more to this team in terms of energy and excitement. He hustles like no other player in MLB, and though his all-out play could cause injuries to himself, he makes the players around him that much better.

Hopefully Eaton will still have that same energy after a few days rest. OK, there is no doubt he’ll have that great energy, once again, and hopefully it reaches the of his teammates as well.

This lineup just got a lot more exciting for Friday night.

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