Apr 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) celebrates with second baseman Gordon Beckham (right) after both scoring runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Though the Chicago White Sox lost on Sunday, by a 5-1 score to the Arizona Diamondbacks, there was some good news for the club … centerfielder Adam Eaton is about to begin his rehab stint in the minors, with the Charlotte Knights.
As reported by the official White Sox site, Eaton it is said might be returning soon to the big club from his hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list.
"“The White Sox leadoff man and center fielder is close to returning from a strained right hamstring that put him on the disabled list May 3. Eaton will travel with the White Sox to Oakland, but then leave Oakland on Wednesday to join Triple-A Charlotte for an injury rehab assignment.”"
This team could really use Eaton back in the lead-off spot and back in centerfield, because there is a bit of a difference in the team without him in the lineup. Nobody can question that.
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Before being placed on the DL, Eaton was batting .276 as the White Sox lead-off hitter with seven extra base hits. The centerfielder had 14 RBIs and forced 11 walks in 25 games played.
Maybe once Eaton and some others (including pitcher Chris Sale) get healthy the White Sox can begin to put together more than two or three wins together in-a-row and dominate a series or two.