CLEVELAND -- An ugly loss Friday night got much uglier a few minutes after.
Fresh off a 12-5 rout by the Cleveland Indians in which John Danks was hit hard, the defense was sloppy and the offense missed several key chances, White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said a leg injury could send him to the disabled list.
Eaton, who left Friday’s game after only 3 1/ 2 innings, isn’t certain, but thinks a right hamstring strain could send him to the 15-day DL.
The White Sox, who have lost three in a row, already have six players on the DL and can’t afford to lose their leadoff hitter and his .363 on-base percentage. Eaton missed five games last month with a left leg injury and suggested the DL may be how the White Sox handle his latest injury.
“Just with both legs and legs are the game that I play so I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s what I’d say we’re leaning towards just because we want to get everything right,” Eaton said. “I’m not doing any good when I’m (playing) at 80 percent. I’m not sure what (trainer Herm Schneider) wants to do but we’ll see.”
Danks doesn’t sound interested in seeing any footage from Friday’s start.
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He didn’t have much working throughout his five-inning stint and it didn’t take long for Cleveland to find out on the way to snapping a six-game losing streak.
Danks (2-2) recorded the first out of the game but the next seven batters reached base as the Indians opened a 5-0 lead.
Carlos Santana doubled in a first-inning run, Ryan Raburn singled in two more and Michael Brantley, who had three hits, singled in another.
Yan Gomes also had an RBI double for Cleveland, which sent 10 men to the plate in a 42-pitch inning for Danks.
The White Sox tried to give Danks new life with three runs in the second inning but Santana extended the Indians’ lead to 6-3 with a solo homer to right-center field. An inning later, Michael Bourn singled in a run to give the Indians a four-run lead.
Brantley also hit a solo homer in the fifth off Danks, who allowed 10 hits and walked three batters as his ERA rose to 5.00.
“Hell, I don’t know what I did good,” Danks said. “I feel like I made some decent pitches, they were able to either fight off or place them. There wasn’t a whole lot to take from tonight. I just had the ball up. It’s kind of the same story from the last couple of starts. I just have to throw more strikes. It’s not rocket science. You’ve got to get into pitchers counts. I’m playing in hitters counts way too much and getting burned for it.”
Gordon Beckham’s error, one of two committed by the White Sox, proved costly as it contributed to a four-run rally in the sixth off relievers Scott Downs and Maikel Cleto. Marcus Semien also made an error.
The offense also had some early struggles against Indians starter Danny Salazar.
Jose Abreu, who hit his major-league leading 11th home run in the fourth, a solo shot, struck out with two on in the first inning. Salazar then got Adam Dunn to ground into a double play.
Alejandro De Aza and Adrian Nieto, who had three hits, both singled in runs in the second inning. De Aza also scored on a passed ball as the White Sox cut the deficit to 5-3. But Salazar struck out Eaton and Beckham to end the inning.
Salazar also struck out Nieto with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and got Eaton to ground into a double play, after which he left the game.
White Sox hitters finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
“We had chances,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We had guys on base. The kid pitched out of it. Even though he didn’t go very long, he pitched out of some tough jams. First inning, we had something going. Bases loaded, he really bucked up right there and got out of that one.”
Ventura has already ruled Eaton out of Saturday’s game and admitted he could be sidelined longer pending a re-evaluation. Eaton isn’t shying away from suggesting his injury is serious after he previously tried to play through pain.
Eaton could join Nate Jones, Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino, Jeff Keppinger, Conor Gillaspie and Avisail Garcia on the DL.
“It kind of started off some small little irritation and then it kind of felt a little more,” Eaton said. “Like I said, you don’t take anything serious in this game, especially with your body. You try to play through stuff, but that’s what we were trying to do and it kind of bit us in the butt. It’s something I thought I could battle through and that double play, I probably should have beat out. But something’s holding me back a little bit. We’ve got to re-evaluate it.”