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White Sox: Adam Eaton set for shoulder surgery after season

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White Sox: Adam Eaton set for shoulder surgery after season

Adam Eaton will have shoulder surgery on Monday but expects to be able to cast a fishing line in three weeks.

The White Sox leadoff man said Sunday he’s set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, which has bothered him since he injured it diving in late July.

Eaton — who has a .287/.361/.431 slash line with 14 homers in 689 plate appearances — missed several games at the time but has played through the pain and thrived. He said the procedure is a “nerve decompression” to make sure his muscles properly function.

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“Just make sure it’s functioning next year,” Eaton said. “It’s been kind of a hassle most of the season with throwing and diving and what not. I guess just some scheduled maintenance. It’s scheduled tomorrow and should be a pretty easy recovery.

“I’m excited to sleep better and be able to put my hand above my shoulder in the future.”

Eaton injured himself enough with a dive in Cleveland on July 25 that he missed the following game and was the designated hitter when he returned on July 27. He re-aggravated the injury diving again in Kansas City in early August. While it has hindered his sleep patterns and throwing motion, Eaton hasn’t slowed down at the plate. Since July 27, Eaton is hitting .337/.409/.480 with six homers in 288 plate appearances.

“He’s played with it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We knew it was there, and now we’re just going to go in and clean it up so he can feel 100 percent when he gets to spring training. But he does play well when he has something wrong, so that’s a good sign. He has battled through it, and I think he’s had a good effort as far as playing through it.”

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Eaton admits he’s ready for this offseason more than any other before. The centerfielder has felt more pressure — whether internal or external — than ever since he signed his five-year contract extension. Combined with a team that didn’t live up to expectations and extra scrutiny, Eaton said it hasn’t been a very fun season.

“I’m very excited to recharge the batteries,” Eaton said. “Every year at this level is very stressful. Expectations are always high, with this being the highest of any year I’ve ever been in the big leagues. When you don’t do what you want to do with that year, there’s a lot of thought that goes into it the week after. There’s a lot of stress throughout the year that you don’t sleep well because you want to play well and you want to put a good product out there and you want to make the playoffs and you want to do well for the city. When you don’t do it, it’s hard to come here day in and day out when you are struggling.

“We are going to definitely reflect on what I can do better as an individual and we can do better as a team and hopefully can fix a lot of things between now and April or whatever it is in our first game next year.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

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

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

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Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.