TORONTO -- Adam Eaton hoped to play Friday but after exiting the previous game early it’s no surprise he’s not in the White Sox lineup.
Manager Robin Ventura said Eaton has shown some improvement after he left Thursday’s game immediately after a first-inning at-bat. But Ventura saw how Eaton looked after a long day Wednesday and wants to be as cautious as possible considering that the White Sox lost him to the disabled list earlier this season.
“You get to a point where if you take a guy out, you feel like he should sit the next day just to make sure nothing pops up the next day,” Ventura said. “Just making sure you can get him healthy and get him where he needs to be so we don’t lose him for 15 days. He’s a guy who has to use his legs, and if his legs aren’t very good, chances are he’s not going to be very good.
“That’s part of me communicating to him that he’s going to get a day. Just watching him run down the line, and explaining it to him: this is what happens when you see him look the way he did last night. You have to take action to it, and this is how you do it.”
Eaton was on base five times in Wednesday’s 12-inning contest, one that was played in warm weather and lasted for 5 hours, 12 minutes with a 69-minute rain delay included.
There’s no question it’s difficult for Ventura to keep Eaton out of the lineup as he has reached base safely in 20 of 21 games. Over his last 13 contests, Eaton has a .408 average and a .491 on-base percentage. But if he wants Eaton to continue to perform that way, Ventura knows he has to make sure he gets rested, too.
“It just looks tired,” Ventura said. “He says they’re sore. We’re not quite sure exactly. It’s probably hamstring more than anything, similar to what he had the last time, just not to the degree where he would need to sit out as much. He just gets to the point where they’re tired and sore and you have to rest him. I would never know what that was like. I never had that problem.”