Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) receives congratulations from first baseman Jose Abreu (79) after scoring in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox have announced on Saturday that centerfielder Adam Eaton is being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Saturday.
Eaton injured his back after running headfirst into the centerfield fence at US Cellular Field against the Texas Rangers earlier this past week, and on Friday night he left the game after soreness in his rib cage during an at-bat.
Replacing Eaton on the roster is Jordan Danks, who is batting .276 with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. In his first stint with the White Sox this season (April 10-May 7), Danks was 4-for-41 equaling a .098 batting average.
In 94 games this season, Eaton is batting .304 with 113 hits (19 doubles, seven triples, one home run) and 32 RBIs.
Also in ’14, his on-base percentage is .370 with an OPS of .771. Eaton also has 12 stolen bases.
I love how Eaton plays with toughness, excitement and passion as he reminds me a lot of the late Ryan Freel who played the same way as Eaton did throughout his career, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds.
Eaton will have to tone down his play if he wants to play an entire season without a trip to the DL. I know the hustle Eaton has is part of the charm he brings to the ball club, and again, I love his all-out style of play, but to win games, the White Sox need him as their lead-off batter, and their centerfielder, not on the DL.
I don’t know how Eaton can tone down his play, but eventually he’s going to have to change a little something in his style so he can stay on the field for the White Sox.
The one thing I do know is not having Eaton for the next 15 days will really hurt what offense the White Sox have had in recent weeks.