ARLINGTON, Texas -- With his hamstring bothering him and his ankle recovering the White Sox will sideline Adam Eaton for a few days.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he plans to keep his leadoff hitter and center fielder out for at least three games after Eaton left a 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers with a mild left lower hamstring strain.
Rather than risk a long-term injury to their sparkplug, Ventura wants to make sure the White Sox take care of Eaton. Ventura also said for now the White Sox have no plans to place Eaton on the 15-day disabled list.
“It’s really right behind his knee,” Ventura said. “Probably a few days just to monitor and see. It should be back in time. He just couldn’t get out of the box. When he’s pushing to get out of the box is when he really feels it. He can run and probably run better than most. It’s just safer not to run him out there and maybe do something worse.”
What would be worse for a struggling White Sox offense would be an extended absence for Eaton, who has a .373 on-base percentage through 18 games. Eaton has helped the offense average five runs a game this month by playing at a breakneck pace. But on Friday, Eaton said he got lucky he didn’t sustain a more severe injury when he hurt himself rounding first base on a first-inning single.
Eaton said he injured his ankle and hamstring on Friday and his hamstring bothered him again on Saturday leading to an exit in the sixth inning.
“I knew today was going to be kind of a struggle, but of course I wanted to be like a hockey player and battle through it,” Eaton said. “The first two at-bats I wanted to make sure I took it easy so I wasn’t really sprinting, 85 percent or so. The third at-bat, I tried to get on it out of the box and it felt like someone was strumming the bottom of the hamstring.”
Eaton sounds as if he’ll drop the hockey mentality for now and let the White Sox training staff treat him. Ventura said the White Sox don’t want to sustain any more injuries only nine days after the team learned it would be without outfielder Avisail Garcia for the rest of the season.
“I need to make sure that I take care of the body a little better and we’ll be just fine,” Eaton said. “I don’t know what Robin said, but a couple of days and hopefully one and get me back in there. Make sure we pay a little more attention to it and take care of things and take care of what makes me run, which is my legs, and we’ll be just fine.”