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Adam Eaton on White Sox: 'The Titanic is now upright'

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Adam Eaton on White Sox: 'The Titanic is now upright'

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox have begun to right the ship and Adam Eaton wants to follow his team’s lead.

Though his production doesn’t show it, the White Sox leadoff man said he has had a good feel at the plate for all but Sunday’s game. So far that has translated into two hits in 25 at-bats with no walks in six games.

But much like the White Sox have begun to turn things around, Eaton, who signed a five-year, $23.5-million contract extension last month, is confident he’ll get going soon, too.

“Baseball is a funny game,” Eaton said. “For some reason it doesn’t always reward good at-bats and good pitching. The last two games were great, it gave us the confidence it was there and we were gelling and coming together and the city of Chicago is not burning to the ground. The Titanic is now upright. We’ll be all right.”

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Eaton admits part of his problem is he probably has been too aggressive at the plate in the early going.

Through six games, Eaton has seen an average of 3.36 pitches per plate appearance, down from 3.89 a season ago. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said it’s in Eaton’s personality to try harder when things haven’t gone well, that the center fielder enjoys his role as a catalyst and wants to help the club become a winner.

“He’s probably pressing,” Ventura said. “He’s a guy, there’s a certain amount of going too hard, and he has some of that, over-swinging and things like that. Part of it is personality. You know he’s going to eventually come out of it, and you know the talent that is there and how good he is. If we can win games and he’s not in the middle of it, eventually he’s going to be in the middle of us winning games too.”

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The White Sox as a whole have been overly aggressive, perhaps as a side effect of losing their first four games. Through the season’s first week, White Sox hitters have drawn six walks.

But Eaton said the group began to click during its four-run rally on Saturday and has gained confidence. He hasn’t lost confidence and isn’t panicked, but Eaton would like to get going soon.

“I’m not all upset with my at-bats but this game is about production and getting hits and it’s not about having good at-bats,” Eaton said. “I want to get hits, get on base, I haven’t walked yet. There’s a lot of bad things at the plate right now. …

“I just need to pick up on my end.”

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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