White Sox Adam Eaton almost at 100 percent

White Sox Adam Eaton almost at 100 percent
May 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

OAKLAND — Adam Eaton had a pretty accurate gauge of his pregame workout on Monday, one that has him encouraged.

The White Sox outfielder— who’s sidelined with a right hamstring strain but is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Sunday — said he tested his legs thoroughly and feels great. Eaton wasn’t sure how he’d feel after the White Sox spent eight hours stuck on their plane Sunday, arriving in San Francisco just after midnight.

But any concerns were alleviated when Eaton hit the field. Eaton is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte.

“It felt great,” Eaton said. “I ran at 98 percent. When you run this often you know how much you were doing and I was going between 95 and 98 percent.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura laughed at Eaton’s assessment. But Ventura also is encouraged with how Eaton has responded to treatment.

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“He’s working his way to 100,” Ventura said. “He’s getting closer and closer apparently. He’ll go out pretty soon.”

The White Sox will welcome their leadoff man back with open arms.

Eaton has a .276/.363/.378 slash line with a homer and 14 RBIs in 113 plate appearances.

The White Sox could benefit from his energy, Ventura said.

“You want those guys to be in there and it’s different when he’s in there,” Ventura said.