DETROIT — They have had injuries to six players on the Opening Day roster, but you wouldn’t know it from the upbeat nature of the White Sox clubhouse.
In the team’s first 20 games it has suffered a season-ending injury to Avisail Garcia, while pitchers Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino and Nate Jones have all been placed on the disabled list. Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton, who is optimistic he could return Wednesdasy, are also banged up. And that doesn’t include Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger, both of whom started the season on the DL.
But the White Sox, who entered Tuesday’s game with a 10-10 mark, were just as lively as ever before first pitch.
“Injuries are just part of it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You just get another guy in and keep playing. You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself, because you’re going to get your brains beat in if you sit around and worry about injuries and things like that.”
Eaton participated in several tests in front of a doctor on Tuesday and is encouraged by his progress. He said what was described as a mild lower left hamstring strain has been re-diagnosed as a sore tendon. Eaton estimates he’s at 95 percent and is hopeful to play on Wednesday but also said his leg has benefitted from the time off.
Ventura wants to see more from Eaton, though.
“He’s encouraged,” Ventura said. “He’s always going to say he’s feeling great. He said he was feeling fine the other day and he wasn’t. We’ll see how he moves around, I think we’ll know more by watching him and seeing how he moves, talking to Herm about it, than just taking his word for it and letting him go out there.”
— Beckham continues to progress, Ventura said. Beckham, on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, could return as soon as Friday.
“He’s been playing and feeling pretty good,” Ventura said. “Earlier it was he would play five innings and then come out, not play the whole game. You want him to play quite a few games in a row to make sure he feels good and also feels good playing as well.”
— The White Sox win on Monday, after trailing 1-0 into the seventh inning, was their fourth come-from-behind victory of the season.