ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adam Eaton feels fortunate to be in the lineup on Saturday night.
The White Sox center fielder thinks he dodged a serious injury and suffered a minor one to his leg when he hit first base hard in the first inning of Friday’s loss. White Sox manager Robin Ventura initially thought it might be a hamstring injury and took Eaton out in the sixth inning after Friday’s game was well out of hand.
“I’m blessed that I didn’t blow out,” Eaton said. “I’ve seen these guys do kind of a knee lockout over top. Cody Ross did it last year and fractured his pelvis and put him out for a good six months. I was very blessed that nothing serious happened, just little nicks here and there. (Ventura) thought it was a good idea to take me out there early in the game, just precautionary, to get some ice and some treatment to make sure I was ready for today. I’m ready for today and I’m excited.”
Eaton rested the final 3 1/2 innings of Friday’s game.
Prior to that, he had played all but 1/2 an inning this season. Asked about the injury, Eaton said he’d stick with Ventura’s description of a lower-body injury.
“But everything’s good,” Eaton said. “I would like to be out there, for sure. I don’t want to miss an inning all season if my body allows me to do that. I definitely want to be out there, but (Ventura) has the best interest of the team in his mind and his heart. You definitely have to go with what he says, appreciate it and take the day and be ready for today.”
WHITE SOX NOTES
-- Pitcher Tommy Hanson will join the White Sox Triple-A Charlotte club after a week and a half at extended spring training. General manager Rick Hahn said Hanson is set to start for the Knights on Sunday. Hanson signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox earlier this month.
-- Reliever Daniel Webb said he arm feels good after two days off following a 59-pitch performance in Wednesday’s 14-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox. Webb said he felt normal soreness on Thursday and Friday after he pitched three innings.
-- Jordan Danks is starting on Saturday night in the place of Alejandro De Aza, who has been in a slump since the first week of the season. De Aza hit three homers in the White Sox first three games but is 5-for-46 since he last homered.
-- First baseman Jose Abreu enters Saturday in a 1-for-25 slump.