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Adam Eaton healthy enough to re-join White Sox lineup Tuesday

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Adam Eaton healthy enough to re-join White Sox lineup Tuesday

Adam Eaton isn’t completely over his bout with the flu, but he’s feeling strong enough to re-take his spot atop the White Sox lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field.

Eaton said he ran a 103-degree fever from last Thursday through Saturday before having it drop to 99 degrees on Sunday. The White Sox sent Eaton home from Minnesota on Saturday to rest up.

“I’m still not feeling that great, but I’m able to get out of bed so I’m here,” Eaton said. “Hopefully get a couple of wins to make me feel better.”

A few other White Sox players have been sick recently, too, though nobody was willing to use that as an excuse for the team’s 0-5 road trip. Eaton had it worse than anyone, though, and joked that had his wife not been in Minnesota to help keep his fluids up “I would have probably just died in my bed.”

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Eaton’s illness came on the heels of what had been a solid week-long stretch in which he went 8-for-26 with three walks from April 20 through 26. His .308/.379/.423 slash line over that stretch appeared to be a return to his 2014 form (.300/.362/.401), though he went 1-for-8 with three strikeouts after starting to feel sick the last day the team was in Baltimore.

Through 83 plate appearances — a small sample size — Eaton’s batting average is below the Mendoza Line, and his on-base percentage sits at .241. And he’s not the only one struggling — four lineup regulars have an on-base percentage below .255, and the team hasn’t hit a home run since April 22.

Eaton, though, is confident his numbers and those of his teammates will turn around at some point.

“When I left, there were a lot of guys hovering around .200 and .220 and some really good hitters that were doing that right now. And that’s not us,” Eaton said. “I don’t believe that it’s going to stay there for very long. When we get hitting, it seems like hopefully it is like that, when we all come together as one and we all start hitting the way we are supposed to hit. Baseball is a funny, funny game. Some times things are unexplainable. We are hoping it comes around sooner than later.”

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: