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Adam Eaton continues to excel despite shoulder soreness

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Adam Eaton continues to excel despite shoulder soreness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- His sleep pattern is a mess and he can’t throw as well but Adam Eaton continues to hit.

Bothered by a sore shoulder since late July, the White Sox leadoff man has thrived at the plate. Since he initially hurt himself diving in the outfield on July 25, Eaton has hit .333/.406/.472 with 13 extra-base hits, including three home runs, in 166 plate appearances. Eaton said he has altered his throwing mechanics to deal with the soreness. He also has had trouble sleeping because he’s had difficulty finding a comfortable position in which to sleep.

“The shoulder has really just been my arm, my throwing and my throwing mechanics have changed a little bit and my sleep habits have been terrible,” Eaton said. “But besides that, it’s just how it is. When shoulders are bad, it’s tough to lay in any position or anything like that and involves throwing. It is what it is and everyone has bumps or bruises up here.”

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Eaton initially injured himself diving in the outfield in Cleveland on July 25. He sat out the next day and returned to the field on July 27. Eaton also left an Aug. 7 contest in Kansas City after only four innings with what the team described as a “jammed” left shoulder.

Asked if rest would help him heal, Eaton said he and trainer Herm Schneider would devise a plan after the season ends on Oct. 4.

“It’s something Herm and I have to discuss what he thinks we need to do and at the end of the season but we’re not really sure what we’re going to do with it,” Eaton said. “He knows a lot more about it than I do.”

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Asked if he’d need surgery, Eaton said he preferred not to comment.

“It’s probably pretty difficult to call right now,” Eaton said.

Eaton has a history of excelling in spite of injuries. He broke his finger in 2014 and actually improved at the plate, which he said affected his game far more than his shoulder has.

“My finger was actually a lot more altering how I played,” Eaton said.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.