White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie missed his fourth straight game Friday with a sore hand, and could be placed on the disabled list Saturday if he's not feeling better by then.
Manager Robin Ventura is exercising caution with Gillaspie, who said the painful bruise on his left hand is "right where the bat sits."
"Right now, it’s still sore," Ventura said. "So just giving him another day just to, again, be cautious with it and make sure you’re not doing anything to set him back."
The White Sox will need to make a roster move before Sunday's game, for which no starter has been announced. Neither of the likely candidates -- Hector Noesi or Scott Carroll -- are on the White Sox 25-man roster as of Friday evening. Placing Gillaspie on the disabled list, while not ideal (he has a .347 on-base percentage) would free up a spot for a starting pitcher.
Eaton back in action
Center fielder Adam Eaton returned to his usual leadoff spot in the White Sox lineup Friday after missing the last five games with a hamstring strain. He'll wear a knee brace, but said it won't significantly affect how he plays.
"We'll play at 99 percent," Eaton said. "We'll let that 1 percent just to make sure we're ready to go. But 99 percent for the next couple of days and then we'll turn it back up that 1 percent."
The White Sox aren't trying to change how Eaton plays -- even if that means the occasional knock that keeps him sidelined for a few days. That hard-nosed, all-out style was one of the reasons why the White Sox dealt for Eaton, so general manager Rick Hann doesn't want him to lose it.
"The thing about him is part of the great benefit he brings to us is his energy, his intensity, the way he plays the game – we don’t want to take that away from him," Hahn said. "You’ll notice he’s very likely not going to be sliding head-first into first base anymore, so there are some adjustments to his game that I think he’s open to making, but in terms of speed and aggressiveness that’s who he is and that’s why we got him and that’s why we like him.
"Yes, there’s an element of potential risk of injury I suppose with that type of player, but we think the good far outweighs the bad."
Nothing new on Jones
Nate Jones (lower back) is three weeks into his stint on the disabled list and there remains no timetable on the right-hander's return. He hasn't resumed baseball activities yet, and while he told Hahn he's feeling a little better Friday he's not at the point where his return can be projected.
"For me until you get back to doing baseball activates fairly regularly, it’s just pure speculation putting on a time frame," Hahn said. "At this point, he’s not resumed baseball activities, so at this point there’s no time frame."