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Adam Eaton leaves with soreness in rib cage
SEATTLE — Center fielder Adam Eaton was back in the lineup Friday, but not for long. Before grounding to third baseman Kyle Seager leading off the White Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Eaton felt something give in his right side.
Eaton jogged lightly toward first for about 40 feet, left the field, and Leury Garcia took his place in center field.
“[Trainer] Herm [Schneider] threw it out there that it might be an oblique,” Eaton said after the game.
“We’re not real sure right now. That first or second swing something kind of gave way. Kind of a pain in right back, rib area.”
Eaton was injured Wednesday crashing into the right-center field fence at full speed at U.S. Cellular Field. He left with a sore lower back and didn’t play Thursday against the Mariners. Eaton said before Friday’s game that “low back” was the cited issue, “but it’s kind of whole body.’’
“Whole body” is an apt description for what has ailed Eaton, who has missed all or parts of 25 games this season. He was on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and has also dealt with other leg, ankle and wrist injuries and has a broken bone in the middle finger of his right hand.
Friday’s latest injury had the look of something that could land Eaton on the DL again. Asked if he had a feel for how long Eaton might be out, Ventura said he wasn’t sure.
“No, not right now,” he said.
“We are not real sure right now,” Eaton said. “I just got kind of a pain in my back and side, kind of rib area. My right side. So, I don’t know what we are going to do or what their plans are. I guess we’ll know more tomorrow.”
But both Eaton and Ventura said Eaton was “good to go” before Friday’s game.
Eaton had a nine-pitch at-bat against Hisashi Iwakuma, fouling off four pitches with two strikes before slapping a chopper to third. He was batting .444 in his last 13 games and .424 in his last 23.
“Anytime he’s out of there, we’re a different team when he’s in there, especially with the run he’s on,” Ventura said. “He’s been a pretty good leadoff for guy for us at the top of the order. We’ve seen what it’s like without him, and you have a different feel when he’s not in there.”