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White Sox outfielders to get another look after Charlie Tilson's injury

White Sox outfielders to get another look after Charlie Tilson's injury

DETROIT -- In the wake of Charlie Tilson’s injury, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia will get another look in center and right field, respectively.

A Gold Glove candidate in right field this season, Eaton has rebounded from a poor 2015 defensive campaign. Earlier this season, Eaton, who said he still considered himself a center fielder, accepted a position switch when the club signed Austin Jackson to do what was best for the White Sox. With Tilson gone for the season with a torn left hamstring, Eaton will move back to center to aid the White Sox.

“Wherever they put me I’ll do the best I can,” Eaton said. “Accept the challenge to get back in center and hopefully make the best of it. Part of the job, you move around and you have to make the most of it and do the best you can.”

Eaton leads all major leaguers with 21 Defensive Runs Saved, according to fangraphs.com. He also leads all outfielders with 16 assists and has been spectacular in right field. It’s a vast improvement from last season, when Eaton, who played with an injured left shoulder, was valued at minus-14 DRS.

“I feel like I didn’t play very good center field last year,” Eaton said. “There is a lot more layers to center field but it’s like riding a bike, I’ll be back out there and enjoying it as well. There is freedom out there, room to run and being in charge of two guys and the responsibility is great. I enjoy that as well. I’ll make the adjustment.”

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura hopes Garcia continues to adjust at the plate and get more loft on his swings. The outfielder crushed a pair of homers late in Tuesday’s loss, the fourth multi-homer game of his career. Garcia’s homers, both off right-handed pitchers, were pulled to left field and beyond. They traveled an estimated 426 and 459 feet. Garcia has hit three of his eight homers in the past two weeks.

“He hasn’t been able to elevate lately or even this year to the point he has in the last five days,” Ventura said. “He’s making adjustments, but his hands work better. His contact is harder and more direct. It just looks good.

“You’re hoping for the best.”

The White Sox also recalled J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Charlotte after they placed Tilson on the disabled list. Tilson will have surgery on Thursday.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.