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Eaton crashes into fence, leaves with bruised low back
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left Wednesday’s game against the visiting Texas Rangers with a bruised low back after crashing into the fence in center field while chasing down a home run by Adam Rosales in the second inning.
Eaton, who walked off the field slowly under his own power, hit the fence in full stride, apparently losing sight of where the fence. X-rays were negative.
Rosales’ homer, against Sox ace Chris Sale, gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
“I kind of miscalculated a little bit,’’ said Eaton, who thought the ball had the same trajectory as another hit the same way earlier in the game, except that “the crazy wind of Chicago” pushed it farther.
“I’ve never done that before. I’m a little embarrassed.’’
Eaton will not play Thursday and said the long flight to Seattle will tell him a lot about how much more time he might miss. He seemed a bit woozy as well.
Eaton, whose gung-ho style has been a topic of conversation because of the risks it presents to his health, has missed 22 games with a variety of injuries to his legs, wrist and hand. He was on the 15-day disabled list in May with a strained right hamstring.
“I was bound and determined to kind of put everything aside which is not the smartest thing to do,’’ Eaton said.
Eaton, the Sox’ leadoff man, has a .305 average and .372 on-base percentage.
Eaton, the Sox’ leadoff man, went into the game with a .305 average and .372 on-base percentage.