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White Sox’ Adam Eaton placed on DL
SEATTLE — Adam Eaton’s latest injury placed him on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season Saturday. Eaton, the White Sox’ first-year center fielder and spark plug at the top of the batting order, has a strained right oblique.
Outfielder Jordan Danks was recalled from AAA Charlotte and will join the team for its game against the Mariners Saturday night.
Eaton is hitting .304 with 19 doubles, seven triples and 32 RBI. He ranks among the American League leaders in triples (tied for second), on-base percentage (eighth at .370) and average.
Danks was with the Sox from April 10-May 7, going 4-for-41. At Charlotte, he batted .276 with 16 homers, 18 doubles and 56 RBI in 88 games.
Eaton was on the DL in May with a strained right hamstring. His frustration level on this injury is “huge,” he said Saturday.
“I’m not doing anybody any good, and I’ve said that many times before,” Eaton said. “I want to be out with these guys. I want to try and produce as well as I can and stay healthy doing that. Running into the wall is not healthy.”
“Anytime he’s out of there … we’re a different team when he’s in there, especially with the run he’s on,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Friday night after Eaton left the game in the first inning. “He’s been 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.”
Eaton crashed into the fence in right-center field at U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday chasing a home run. He left the game in the second inning with a sore low back, missed Thursday’s game and was said to be ready to play Friday but didn’t last long.
Eaton has missed all or parts of 25 games this season. He was on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in May and has also dealt with other leg, ankle and wrist injuries and has a broken bone in the middle finger of his right hand.