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Adam Eaton exits White Sox loss to Indians after running into wall

Adam Eaton exits White Sox loss to Indians after running into wall

CLEVELAND -- The Indians, insult and injury were all in force on Friday night.

Not only did the White Sox lose their sixth straight game, a 10-4 blowout at the hands of the first-place Cleveland Indians in front of 18,937 at Progressive Field, they also lost outfielder Adam Eaton to an apparent injury.

In making a fantastic running catch in the sixth inning, Eaton, a strong contender for a Gold Glove Award, slammed into the center-field wall and stayed down for several minutes before he walked off the field with the help of his teammates. Eaton declined comment after the game and manager Robin Ventura said Eaton hit the wall with both his hip and shoulder. He also was to be evaluated for a concussion.

“They’re checking for it,” Ventura said. “But he seems fine and responsive and everything. But we’re going to get it checked out to make sure.

“A little bit of his shoulder. There was everything in there. He got it flush.

“No, it was a great effort. Running into walls is like his specialty. He’s pretty good at it.”

Cleveland, which had already gone ahead 6-4 with four runs in the fifth, pulled away in the sixth after Eaton exited. Mike Napoli, whose RBI single an inning earlier tied it at 4, singled to center in the sixth to make it a three-run game. The RBI was the 100th of the season for Napoli, who is the first Indians player in 10 years to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs.

Jose Ramirez -- who blasted a game-tying, two-run homer in the fourth inning off Miguel Gonzalez -- doubled in two more in the sixth to make it a 9-4 game. And Coco Crisp singled in one of his three RBIs to put Cleveland ahead by six runs.

Eaton has been the best all-around player for the White Sox this season and it isn’t even close.

Not only does he lead the team with 85 runs scored, Eaton is third in homers (14) and second in wRC+ (115), according to fangraphs.com. He also has been a dynamic performer in the outfield, leading the team with 23 Defensive Runs Saved. Eaton has an Ultimate Zone Rating of 24.4 and leads all major league outfielders with 18 assists.

Eaton slammed into the wall with his left shoulder as he hauled in a long drive off the bat of Roberto Perez to start the sixth inning. He may also have hit his head when he contacted the wall. After he spent several minutes on the ground, Eaton was able to walk off the field with the help of trainer Herm Schneider and second baseman Carlos Sanchez as he had an arm hoisted over the back of each.

The White Sox looked as if they might end their losing streak early on. Melky Cabrera followed a one-out Tim Anderson triple in the first inning with a two-run homer off Trevor Bauer. While Ramirez’s homer tied it in the fourth, the White Sox pulled back ahead in the fifth on a two-run home run by Avisail Garcia.

But Gonzalez couldn’t hold the lead as he allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Rookie Juan Minaya allowed two runs in relief and Dan Jennings yielded three as Cleveland pulled away. 

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should be the plan to call up the White Sox prospects?

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White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield

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White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield

Not long after the White Sox brought Michael Saunders into the organization, another outfielder with major league experience is joining Triple-A Charlotte.

Alex Presley — a 32-year-old who played 71 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers — is the latest addition to the Knights’ outfield. He’s a guy who could potentially be used to help the White Sox outfield, which has seen two Opening Day players go on the disabled list for extended periods of time.

Avisail Garcia is in his fifth week on the DL while dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Nicky Delmonico is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a broken bone in his hand. The White Sox might feel that the collection of Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka might be enough to get them through those injuries. But the results have not been great from that group. Engel and Thompson are both hitting under .200, while Leury Garcia and Palka have on-base percentages just above .300.

Presley, like Saunders, could be an option for a midseason promotion should he hit well in the minors. He hit .314 with a .354 on-base percentage in those 71 games with the Tigers last season. This year, he was playing in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, where he hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage in 26 games.

It’s possible we won’t see either veteran outfielder on the South Side this season (though having Presley here for Elvis Night would be pretty excellent), but it gives the White Sox options should the lack of production from their current crop of outfielders and the injuries to Avisail Garcia and Delmonico keep them out longer.

It’s also quite possible that none of the names mentioned to this point will have a role to play in this team’s long-term future, not an outlandish thought considering Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe are all still developing in the minor leagues.