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White Sox CF Eaton playing with broken finger
The White Sox played their 100th game Monday. For center fielder and leadoff man Adam Eaton, who has missed time with various foot, leg and hand ailments, it was Game No. 78.
Eaton has been sidelined by or played through an assortment of aches and pains, the latest a broken middle finger on his right (non-throwing) hand.
Eaton broke it making a head-first slide in Boston but has kept it quiet.
“I’ve been trying to hold the bat a little differently and swing it differently,’’ said Eaton, who singled in his first two at-bats, walked and stole his 10th base in the Sox’ 3-1 win over the Royals Monday. He wore a protective brace on the hand while running the bases and will let the corner outfielders take some of the routine balls they can get to.
“It’s something you deal with,’’ Eaton said after Monday’s game. “It’s something you have to play through and I know anybody else in here would do it.’’
Eaton was told early this season to stop sliding head first into first base, which he went along with. He’s picking his spots going all out down the first base line as well.
“His style is to play hard,’’ said first base coach Daryl Boston, who coaches the outfielders. “Let the chips fall where they may. We’re a better team with him on the field.
“I guess it’s something for him to learn, kind of like a running back knowing when to get out of bounds, I guess. If you ask him to back off, then he’s not providing the spark and the energy. It rubs off on everybody when you see a guy playing hard like that.’’