Adam Eaton feels refreshed in return to White Sox lineup

Adam Eaton feels refreshed in return to White Sox lineup
June 28, 2014, 12:15 pm
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TORONTO -- Adam Eaton feels refreshed after he took most of two games off.

While he went stir crazy in between, Eaton understands that’s an occupational hazard in order to get his legs back in playing shape.

The White Sox high-energy leadoff man said the time off -- he hasn’t played the previous 17 innings -- has him feeling good. He also knows he needs to keep receiving treatment so he his legs will continue to feel good.

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“Just need to take more initiative, get in there and get treatment,” Eaton said. “I’m not old by any stretch, but how I play the game I need to be in there more and so some body maintenance and stay on top of it. The extra 24 hours has been good for me and (trainer Herm Schneider) has done his magic. We’ll continue to deal with it -- not out of the woods for sure -- and hopefully kick it in the next couple of weeks.

Super pumped to be back today. Excited to play. Felt like I haven’t played in a week, but it’s only been a day and a half.”

Eaton batted in the first inning on Thursday night but was quickly removed from the game as manager Robin Ventura said it just didn’t look right. The White Sox said Eaton was pulled with leg cramps but he said he really couldn’t define what the issue is. Eaton has dealt with leg issues off and on all season.

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Ventura exercised caution on Thursday and held Eaton back on Friday, too, just to make sure. But he’s ready to let Eaton go Saturday.

“Not enough to sit there and shut him down,” Ventura said. “He’s in there because he had two good days of rest really, so he should be ready to go.”

Ventura might also be taking the sanity of his clubhouse staff in to consideration as Eaton jokes he doesn’t know how to handle an off day. The center fielder, who has reached base in 20 of 21 games and has a .491 on-base percentage over his last 13, said he didn’t participate in batting practice on Friday, either.

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“You don’t know what to do with yourself,” Eaton said. “I was bored out of my mind, going around in circles in here. But it’s good for the body. It’s good for the mind, too. It’s weird not seeing a pitched ball, not throwing a baseball, especially while everyone else is having fun and hitting home runs. But it was a breath of fresh air.”

Day off for Ramirez

Alexei Ramirez spent a portion of the morning napping on a short couch with a towel over his head in the White Sox clubhouse, a well-deserved rest. The shortstop isn’t in the lineup Saturday for the first time all season after playing in all 81 of the team’s games so far.

Though Ramirez snapped a month-long RBI-less streak on Friday, Ventura said it’s time for him to get a break. Leury Garcia is in the White Sox lineup, hitting ninth at shortstop.

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“He just looked tired, again on the turf,” Ventura said. “He just looks tired, even in his at-bats, there’s a certain tiredness to them. A knuckleball’s one thing, but I think you see it when you see it when you see guys who speed it up and have a good offspeed pitch. Give him an off day today, play four in a row and then have an off day Thursday.”

Other notes

-- Through half a season, Jose Abreu is on pace to beat by Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record (49, 1987) and the team record of 49 set by Albert Belle in 1998. Abreu -- who is hitting .319/.373/.703 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs this month and is on a 12-game hit streak -- is on pace to hit 50 homers and drive in 126 runs.

-- The White Sox are hoping to snap a 12-game losing streak on Saturdays in 2014. The team hasn’t won on a Saturday this season.

-- When Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Abreu homered in Friday’s win they became the first trio of Cuban teammates to ever perform the feat in major league history.