by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (9/22/2014)CSNChicago.com reports that Adam Eaton has been away from the White Sox, as he has been dealing with a family matter. Eaton was away for Sunday's game at the Rays, and he is also out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener at the Tigers. Moises Sierra is starting in center field in Eaton's absence.
It is not yet known when Eaton will return to the team.
Adam Eaton brought back from DL
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/26/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday, after finishing his recovery from a strained oblique.
Eaton, who has been out since Aug. 9, went 3 for 10 on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, and should return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians.
Adam Eaton likely to return Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/25/2014)With Jordan Danks heading back down to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, the White Sox are likely to reinstate outfielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against Cleveland, per MLB.com.
Eaton has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a strained right oblique. He is 3 for 10 in two games at Charlotte on his rehab.
Adam Eaton picks up two hits in rehab game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/23/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton picked up two hits in his rehab debut.
Eaton played center and was the lead off hitter for the team's Triple-A club in Charlotte. He knocked two hits, including a double during the start. Eaton also scored a run. He's been sidelined since August 8 with an oblique injury.
Adam Eaton begins rehab assignment Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/23/2014)White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is set to start a rehab stint Saturday night with Triple-A Charlotte. He could be back in the lineup on the team's homestand next week.
Eaton has been sidelined with a right oblique injury sustained when he crashed into the fence trying in vain to catch a ball on Aug. 8.
He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but will spent more time with Charlotte to prepare for his return.
Adam Eaton could return shortly after beginning assignment
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/22/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte this weekend, and could be back in the majors soon after, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Eaton, who has been out two weeks with a strained right oblique, could be back from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, when the team opens a series against the Indians.
Adam Eaton to begin rehab assignment soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/20/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment soon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Eaton will only need a few rehab games before he's ready to return. If all goes well, he could re-join the club Tuesday. Eaton is hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats.
Adam Eaton on schedule to return from disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/18/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is on schedule to return from the disabled list when eligible, according to MLB.com.
Eaton was able to throw and take dry swings left-handed. Eaton has been out since August 8 with an oblique injury. He's hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats.
Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/16/2014)
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?
The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately.
On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances.
The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep.
Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time.
Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add.
Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.
I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.
I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.
White Sox place Adam Eaton on DL, bring up Jordan Danks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/9/2014)The White Sox have placed leadoff hitter Adam Eaton on the disabled list with a right oblique strain and promoted fellow outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place.
Eaton was removed from his last two games with the issue. He had been on fire before the injury set in with 39 hits in a 21-game stretch that sent his average soaring from .265 to .309.
Adam Eaton exits game Friday with sore ribcage
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/8/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was removed from Friday's game with a sore ribcage, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Eaton was returning to the lineup Friday after dealing with a back injury over the last few days, but he managed to take just one at-bat before coming out of the game with a new injury. He has hit .304/.370/.401 with one home run, 32 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 372 at-bats.
Adam Eaton returns to lineup Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/8/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is back in the starting lineup Friday.
Eaton came out of Wednesday's game with a back injury after colliding with the outfield wall. He is also dealing with a broken right middle finger.
Adam Eaton still dealing with broken finger
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/7/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton underwent X-rays, which revealed that the middle finger on his right hand is still broken, per MLB.com. He is expected to play through the injury and wear a pad while running the bases.
Adam Eaton a no-go on Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/7/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against Seattle because of a back issue. Eaton was removed from Wednesday's game crashing into the wall trying to make a catch. He is hitting .305 with one home run and 32 RBI in 371 at-bats.
Adam Eaton diagnosed only with bruised back after collision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/6/2014)Adam Eaton was forced out of the Wednesday game for the White Sox against Texas with a bruised lower back. X-rays came back negative after he crashed against the fence chasing a home run off the bat of Adam Rosales.
The diagnosis is a positive for Eaton, who slammed hard into the fence and walked off the field gingerly.
Adam Eaton out of Wednesday game after collision with wall
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/6/2014)White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has been removed in the second inning of the Wednesday afternoon game against Texas. He was hurt crashing into the wall trying in vain to catch a home run off the bat of Adam Rosales.
The details and extent of the injury has yet to be revealed.
Adam Eaton rips four hits in loss to Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/3/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton caught fire at the plate Saturday night against the Twins.
Eaton doubled in the first, third and seventh innings, respectively. He added a single in the eighth and finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in an 8-6 defeat. He is hitting .306 with one home run and 32 RBI in 360 at-bats.
Adam Eaton fills up stat book in defeat of Tigers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (7/31/2014)Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton played the role of offensive hero in a White Sox victory in Detroit on Thursday.
Eaton singled three times, scored twice, drove in two and put the cherry on top with a stolen base. He has 15 hits in his last 34 at-bats and a seven-game hitting streak as his stat line on the year has improved to .296/.362/.390.
Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (7/29/2014)White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has remained steady and productive since a mini-slump in late June and early July.
Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
Adam Eaton sporting seven-game hitting streak
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/21/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is hitting .429 over a seven-game hitting streak after going 2 for 3 with two walks and a run scored Sunday. He also stole his ninth base.
Eaton did not play the final two games before the All-Star break as he rested a sore ankle and wrist. The time off appears to have been beneficial.
Alexei Ramirez, Adam Eaton back in lineup for second half
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/18/2014)The All-Star break allowed a couple of injured White Sox to get healthy, as outfielder Adam Eaton (wrist, ankle) and shortstop Alexei Ramirez (back) are both in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.
Ramirez missed the team's final game before the break as a result of his injury, while Eaton missed the final two games with his maladies.
Adam Eaton held out as expected
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (7/13/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was not in the lineup for the second straight day Sunday as he continues to rest his sore ankle and wrist. Eaton should return to the lineup after the All-Star break.
Wrist, ankle soreness sideline Adam Eaton
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/12/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is likely to take the last two games before the All-Star break off, as he deals with a variety of maladies, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Eaton is out of the lineup Saturday against the Indians due to soreness in his left wrist and right ankle, and manager Robin Ventura said he is likely to sit out Sunday's game as well. He will take the week off to rest during the All-Star break, before attempting to return to the lineup.
Adam Eaton returns to the lineup Saturday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/28/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has returned to the team's starting lineup Saturday.
Eaton injured his leg trying to run out a ball a few days ago, and was unavailable for a couple games. He'll assume his normal role as center fielder and leadoff hitter Saturday. Eaton is hitting .283/.351/.385 over 244 at-bats.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (6/27/2014)White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter Adam Eaton is out of the Friday night lineup in Toronto with leg cramps that forced him out of the Thursday game.
Eaton has been a critical cog in the team's offensive success this season with a stat line of .351 on-base percentage, 37 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
Adam Eaton exits with leg cramp Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/26/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Blue Jays in the first inning, due to a cramp in his left leg.
Adam Eaton tallies four hits, steals base Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/26/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton went 4 for 5 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base in his team's 5-4 loss to the Orioles Wednesday.
Eaton came just a home run shy of a cycle, collecting his 10th double and sixth triple while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He has hit .284/.352/.387 with one home run, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases in 243 at-bats.
Adam Eaton has legs under him
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (6/10/2014)White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton "appears to have his legs under him again after last month's trip to the DL with hamstring issues," reports ESPN.com. Eaton is hitting .333 (7 for 21 during a five-game hitting streak, which followed a 3-for-35 skid over the previous nine games.
Eaton said his legs are "coming around," though he's still a little sore. Despite that, he does not want to rest Wednesday. Eaton believes a few ice baths will help ease his pain. He missed a decent chunk of May due to a hamstring injury.
Eaton is hitting .275/.338/.352 over 142 at-bats.
Adam Eaton returns Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/18/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has returned from the disabled list Sunday.
Eaton will take the roster spot of Jose Abreu. The first baseman was placedd on the disabled list Sunday due to an ankle issue. Eaton has been out since early May with a hamsting injury. He's hitting .276 in 98 at-bats.
Adam Eaton looks like old self in rehab game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/16/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton looked like his old self during his first minor-league rehab assignment Friday for Triple-A Charlotte.
Eaton singled in a run and stole a base. He added another single and finished 2 for 4 with an RBI in his first game action since sustaining a hamstring injury. He is expected to last three games and 12 at-bats before being activated from the disabled list Monday.
Chris Sale, Adam Eaton rehab debut delayed
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2014)Triple-A Charlotte's game Thursday was delayed because of rain, pushing back the start of two White Sox's players' rehab assignments back a day.
Both Adam Eaton (hamstring) and Chris Sale will now begin their assignments Friday at Charlotte, with a doubleheader on the schedule.
Adam Eaton's hamstring responds well to intense workout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/14/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton ran at 100 percent Wednesday and said his injured hamstring responded well to the test, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.
"We ramped up probably four days ago, and it has felt great, better every day," Eaton said. "(Wednesday), 100 percent. Ran full bore, kind of smelling-a-hit-type running, where you’ve got to get on and get going. Everything responded well. You’ve got to survive the trip over there, and I’m excited to strap it up and get after it. It’s going to be good to get in the box and play."
Eaton will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte Thursday that is expected to last three games and 12 at-bats before being activated from the disabled list Sunday.
Adam Eaton due back Sunday after rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (5/14/2014)White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter Adam Eaton will require only about 12 at-bats in his minor league rehab stint and should return to the lineup on Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since May 2.
Eaton had been productive in his role with 20 runs and .363 on-base percentage in 98 at-bats.
Eaton will play in a few rehab games, and hopes to return to the majors Sunday. He's attempting to return from a hamstring injury. Through 98 at-bats, Eaton is hitting .276.
Adam Eaton will have a rehab assignment before rejoining White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/8/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is making progress while recovering from a hamstring injury, manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com on Thursday. Eaton is expected to go on a rehab assignment before he is activated from the disabled list. No date has been established for his rehab stint.
"He'll probably go out and do something," Ventura said. "I think once you take that much time and you haven't seen pitches, live pitches, you at least want to go out and do something, to where you get your timing back. You don't want a guy coming back and not having his timing and then having to catch back up on the fly out here. It usually doesn't work out that well."
Adam Eaton placed on the disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/3/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has been placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Eaton had to leave Friday's game with a hamsting injury. Frank De Los Santos was called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Eaton was hitting .276 in 98 at-bats prior to the injury.
Adam Eaton not in the lineup Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/3/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was held out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Indians because of a hamstring injury.
Eaton left Friday's game with a hamstring injury. He also missed five games in April because of a left knee injury, which has not improved. At this point, a stint on the disabled list remains a possibility.
Eaton is hitting .276 with one home run and 14 RBI in 98 at-bats.
Eaton left Friday's game with a hamstring injury. He also missed five games in April because of a left knee injury, which has not improved.
"Just with both legs and legs are the game that I play so I'm not 100 percent sure, but that's what I'd say we're leaning towards just because we want to get everything right," Eaton said. "I'm not doing any good when I'm (playing) at 80 percent. I'm not sure what Herm (Schneider) wants to do but we'll see."
Adam Eaton exits game with hamstring injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/2/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was forced out of Friday's game against the Indians with a hamstring injury.
Eaton appeared to have injured his hamstring while trying to beat out a double play in the fourth. He finished 0 for 2 with a walk. He was replaced by Jordan Danks, and remains uncertain for Saturday's game in Cleveland.
Adam Eaton reaches base three times vs. Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/29/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton reached base three times Monday night against the Rays.
Eaton doubled in two runs in the sixth inning to break the game open. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a walk and two RBI in a 7-3 win. He is hitting .292 with one home run and 13 RBI in 89 at-bats. He has five hits in his last nine at-bats.
Adam Eaton ready to roll Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/25/2014)White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is set to start for the first time in six days Friday against Tampa Bay. He has been out since Saturday with a hamstring tweak.
He is back at his familiar leadoff spot.
Manager: Adam Eaton could be back Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/24/2014)Robin Ventura said White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton could return to the lineup as early as Friday for the weekend series opener against Tampa Bay.
Eaton has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Adam Eaton remains out for White Sox on Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/24/2014)As White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton predicted Wednesday, he is out again Thursday. He is absent from the lineup against Detroit with a nagging hamstring problem.
Eaton, who has missed the last four games, had slumped off after a sensational start. He was on a 3-for-23 slide, but his average still stands at .282.
Adam Eaton likely to miss Thursday's series finale
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/23/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said Wednesday he will likely be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Tigers, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.
"He’s thinking properly," manager Robin Ventura said. "He’s getting closer. He's able to do stuff. I don’t think we’re heading for a (disabled list) type of thing. You still have to watch him just because of who he is, his personality. You can probably use other words that aren't as nice. He just kind of plays hard and goes 100 percent all the time. As much as he’d like to think he can hold back, he doesn't play that way. We have to be the ones to hold him back."
Eaton hasn't played since Saturday due to a hamstring issue, but it sounds like he won't need a stint on the disabled list before returning.
Hot-hitting White Sox duo still out
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/23/2014)Third baseman Conor Gillaspie (hand) and center fielder Adam Eaton (hamstring) are still sidelined for the White Sox. Neither has been placed in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Detroit.
Both hope they can maintain their momentum upon their return. Gillaspie has hit safely in 15 of 16 games played this season. Eaton owns an impressive on-base percentage of .394 and has scored 15 runs.
Adam Eaton unable to start Tuesday, hopes to return Wed.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/22/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton did not make it back into the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, missing a third straight start due to a hamstring injury. Eaton was hoping to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/21/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said he will test his injured hamstring Tuesday and hopes to be back in the lineup later that evening against the Tigers, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
There are no plans to put Eaton on the disabled list at this time. Instead, the team will give him a few days of rest to recover. Eaton initially injured his ankle Friday, but aggravated his hamstring during Saturday's game.
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eatonwas forced out of Saturday's game against the Rangers with a mild left hamstring strain, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.
Eaton left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with the injury. He finished 0 for 3 in a 6-3 defeat. He's hitting .282/.373/.394 with one home run and 10 RBI in 71 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for the series finale on Sunday.
Adam Eaton returns to starting lineup Saturday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/19/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was in the starting lineup Saturday against the Rangers.
Eaton left Friday's game due to a lower body injury, but it was not thought to be serious. He's started in center field and hit leadoff.
Adam Eaton exits game with lower body injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eatonwas forced out of Friday's contest against the Rangers with a lower body injury, possibly a hamstring injury, Comcast SportsNet Chicago suggests.
Eaton appeared to have sustained the injury while rounding the bag after a single in the opening frame. He remained in the game until manager Robin Ventured pulled him in the fifth inning for Jordan Danks. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday night.
Adam Eaton slugs first home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/12/2014)White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton went 2 for 3 with his first home run of the season in his team's 12-6 loss to the Indians Saturday.
Eaton also connected on a double and walked twice while scoring two runs and driving in a run with his second-inning solo home run. He's provided a spark to the White Sox lineup by hitting .354/.448/.521 with one home run, nine RBI and one stolen base in 48 at-bats.
White Sox move forward without Avisail Garcia in outfield
Viciedo and De Aza are likely to see more playing time in Garcia's absence. Jordan Danks, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, is likely to work into the outfield mix as well. The White Sox have Leury Garcia listed as a reserve outfielder on the team's depth chart, but he has yet to make a start in the outfield this season.
Paul Konerko praises new Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (3/26/2014)Paul Konerko, who is nearing the end of his career, praised a teammate at the beginning of his career Wednesday. He expressed the following about White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"You've got to love [Eaton and] what he's done down here. Definitely what you look for in a leadoff hitter."
Eaton is batting .333 this spring after showing some promise with Arizona in 2013 and landing in Chicago via trade.
Report: White Sox, D-Backs and Angels complete three-team deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/10/2013)A three-team deal involving the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Angels has been completed, according to the azcentral.com.
The Angels will receive pitcher Hector Santiago from Chicago and pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Arizona. The White Sox will receive outfielder Adam Eaton, and the Diamondbacks will get outfielder Mark Trumbo. Arizona will also receive two PTBNL, one from Chicago and one from Los Angeles.
White Sox involved in three-team deal with Angels, Diamondbacks
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/10/2013)The White Sox are involved in a three-team deal involving the Angels and Diamondbacks, according to ESPN.
The Angels and Diamondbacks have been discussing a potential deal for outfielder Mark Trumbo, and now the White Sox are said to be involved. Chicago would offer pitcher Hector Santiago to the Angels, and receive outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona. The Angels would ship Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, and would likely receive a pitcher, possibly Tyler Skaggs or Trevor Cahill.
Adam Eaton not starting Thursday
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (9/26/2013)After having made nine consecutive starts, Adam Eaton was absent from the Diamondbacks' starting lineup for Thursday's game in San Diego. A.J. Pollock got the call to patrol center field.
Eaton did not get a hit in either of his last two games, and his batting average has fallen to .256.
Adam Eaton posts first three-RBI game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton drove in three runs Wednesday, in a 9-4 win over the Dodgers. Eaton went 2 for 5 in the game, driving in one run with a bases-loaded walk in the third, then ending the game with a two-run single in the eight. Eaton also scored once in the win.
Adam Eaton sits against tough lefty
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/16/2013)The Diamondbacks started both A.J. Pollock and Willie Bloomquist in their outfield Monday against the Dodgers to ensure that Adam Eaton wouldn't have to start against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Though Eaton is batting a respectable .292 against lefties, he's had to sit against three of the last four the Diamondbacks have faced.
Adam Eaton out Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/4/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Eaton will be replaced by A.J. Pollock in center. With Matt Davidson filling in at third, Martin Prado has been pushed to the outfield, leaving Eaton without a spot. Eaton is hitting .269/.341/.397 in 156 at-bats.
Adam Eaton looking healthy again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (8/28/2013)At the time he sprained his left elbow in spring training, Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton was one of the most hyped sleepers in Fantasy, but nearly two months since returning from the DL, he has yet to regain that hype. I'm about ready to heap it on him again.
My hesitance was mostly because I didn't believe he was completely healthy. He technically had a small tear in his UCL -- an injury that, in its most severe form, requires Tommy John surgery -- which made me suspicious of his struggles both on his rehab assignment and in his first few weeks off the DL. Looking back at some of the more recent hitters who ended up needing Tommy John surgery, their batting averages all plummeted in the weeks leading up to the diagnosis. Eaton hit .348 over his minor-league career, which made his .216 batting average on Aug. 17 all the more notable.
In 10 games since, though, he's hitting .386 (17 for 44) with two doubles, two triples and a homer, finally showing some extra-base pop. He also has two steals -- his first two since returning. No telling where those have been all this time.
If his early struggles were more a matter of rust than health, which now seems all the more feasible, Eaton is an even more intriguing sleeper than Khris Davis down the stretch.
Adam Eaton racks up four hits
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (8/25/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton racked up four hits in Saturday's 18-inning victory over Philadelphia.
Eaton finished 4 for 10 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. His double in the 18th knocked in Tony Campana for what turned out to be the game-winning run. Eaton is hitting .258/.336/.375.
Adam Eaton back against the Reds
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/21/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is back in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Eaton was rested for Tuesday's game, but has returned to the lineup. He'll hit leadoff against Mike Leake. Eaton is hitting .240/.315/.320 in 100 at-bats.
Adam Eaton sitting Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/20/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
A.J. Pollock will get the start in center. Eaton is hitting .242/.318/.323 in 99 at-bats. He's likely receiving a normal day off.
Adam Eaton's go-ahead double among four-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/19/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton had a go-ahead, two-RBI double in the top of the 16th inning Sunday at Pittsburgh, lifting Arizona to a 4-2 win. Eaton totaled four hits and one run in seven at-bats.
Eaton is batting .308 (12 for 39) with one home run, two doubles, five RBI and seven runs in 10 August games (eight starts).
Adam Eaton not benched for mental lapse
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/14/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton was left out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles, but manager Kirk Gibson stressed it wasn't because he didn't run hard to first base Tuesday, per The Arizona Republic. However, Gibson said he would have pulled Eaton from the game if he had enough players available.
Eaton said his actions Tuesday weren't a matter of frustration. He said it was a mental lapse and he thought there were two outs.
Chronic hives issue causes Adam Eaton to drop weight
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/14/2013)Until recently, Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton has been battling a chronic case of hives since December, according to The Arizona Republic. He believes all the sweating from the hives caused his weight to drop from 185 to 175 since returning from the disabled list July 9.
"My wife’s been cooking me bacon and eggs in the morning so hopefully we can start building it back up," Eaton said. "I can play at this weight, but I’d like to have a little bit more thump, a little more butt."
Eaton had blood tests done, but nothing was pinpointed as the root cause of his condition.
"I was taking it (allergy pills) twice a day and it didn’t care," Eaton said. "It just came through. Real bad itchy. Just terrible. Sweating all the time. I got a shot and then another shot. Then I got some pills. Now I’m on two medications. I’ve been hives-free for about 72 hours now."
Adam Eaton delivers win with walkoff home run
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/13/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton made his first home run of the season count, hitting a walkoff solo homer in the ninth inning of Monday's 7-6 win over the Orioles.
Eaton has picked things up in August, going 9 for 25 with six runs and three RBI. He's hit .247/.333/.338 in 77 at-bats since joining the team in July.
Don't lose hope in Adam Eaton
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/24/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton had his best game Tuesday against the Cubs since returning to the lineup July 9. Eaton went 3 for 4 with three runs and one walk, while also attempting his first steal of the season.
The results haven't been great for Eaton since coming off the DL, but I still feel patient Fantasy owners will be rewarded. Though he did play a lot in the minors before coming off the DL, Eaton is still in spring training mode after missing a good portion of the first half recovering an elbow injury.
Personally, I would rather have Marlins rookie Christian Yelich over Eaton, but both players should be owned in Fantasy. Don't forget Eaton was primed for a breakout season before getting hurt, so he might just need a bit more time to settle into a rhythm. It's not time to lose hope just yet.
Adam Eaton having little success since return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/22/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton has yet to hit his stride offensively since coming off the disabled list July 9. Eaton, who missed most of the first half due to an elbow injury, is batting .200 (5 for 25) with one triple, two RBI, two runs and three walks in nine games (six starts) since joining the Arizona lineup.
Adam Eaton makes first impact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (7/12/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton's first hit of the season was a big one Thursday, as he drove in two runs with an RBI triple in a 5-3 win over the Brewers. Eaton went 1 for 3 with a walk in the game, while driving in two runs and scoring once. He added a walk as well.
Eaton is 1 for 8 since returning from an elbow injury.
Adam Eaton goes hitless in debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/10/2013)Playing in his first game of the season Tuesday, Diamondbacks center fielder Adam Eaton went 0 for 4 with a strikeout atop his team's lineup in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers. Eaton did earn an outfield assist by throwing out Yasiel Puig at home.
Eaton hit .259/.382/.412 with two home runs, five RBI and two stolen bases in 85 at-bats last season.
Diamondbacks activate Adam Eaton from disabled list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/9/2013)The Diamondbacks activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, batting leadoff.
Eaton has yet to play this season due to an elbow injury.
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (7/9/2013)He makes contact, draws walks, scores runs and steals bases. And now Adam Eaton is back with the Diamondbacks after missing the entire season-to-date with an elbow injury.
Eaton is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, so that makes him fair game for owners in daily leagues right away. Owners outside of shallow mixed leagues should pick up Eaton, though it's not a given that he should start in weekly formats immediately after the All-Star break. First, let's see how often he gets to play this week before trusting him in a weekly format.
As soon as Eaton shows he's ready to step in as an everyday player, he should be started in the vast majority of Fantasy leagues.
Report: Adam Eaton to start Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/9/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will come off the disabled list to start and make his season debut Tuesday against the Dodgers, according to The Arizona Republic. Eaton has been sidelined all season with an elbow injury.
Adam Eaton homers in Triple-A rehab debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/9/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton made his rehab debut with Triple-A Reno Monday, hitting a solo home run in a 1-for-4 performance. He has yet to play with the Diamondbacks this season due to an elbow injury.
Don't be hesitant to stash Adam Eaton
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/8/2013)It appears barring another setback, Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (elbow) is weeks away from coming off the disabled list. Eaton was primed for a breakout season prior to developing elbow problems in the spring, but a lot has changed while Eaton has been sidelined.
The Diamondbacks' outfield has flourished, meaning Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson will be faced with some tough decisions once Eaton enters the mix.
Still, Fantasy owners shouldn't be hesitant to stash Eaton, who was projected to be the team's leadoff hitter and center fielder before getting hurt. Surely, the Diamondbacks would like to trade Jason Kubel, but even if he's still around when Eaton's healthy, I can see the Diamondbacks using a primary outfield of Eaton, Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross, with Kubel and A.J. Pollock working into the mix.
Eaton still has great offensive upside, so if you can afford to stash him in a DL spot or on your bench, then Eaton could be a real boost to your lineup down the stretch.
Eaton played seven innings in center field and finished 1 for 3 in his final game at Class A Visalia. He hit .370 with eight walks through his first 27 at-bats in the minors. The Diamondbacks have yet to establish a concrete timetable for his return.
Adam Eaton not ready to play the field
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (7/1/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will play DH until he's ready to take the field, according to azcentral.com.
Eaton is on a rehab assignment, and will continue to serve as the DH until Saturday. He's hoping to make his debut in the field at that point. Eaton had been playing the field, but had to leave a game June 20 with some discomfort in his elbow.
Eaton is hitting .203 in 36 at-bats in the minors.
Adam Eaton begins Rookie League rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/27/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton began a rehab assignment in the Rookie-level Arizona League Wednesday, going 1 for 2 with a walk and two RBI as the designated hitter. He was also hit by a pitch.
Eaton is recovering from an elbow injury that has sidelined him for the entire season.
Adam Eaton could start rehab Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/21/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (elbow) could begin his minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Thursday, according to MLB.com. Eaton will start his rehab as a designated hitter and could start playing in the field as soon as July 6, barring any setbacks.
Adam Eaton encouraged with progress
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/18/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (elbow), who is being used as the DH in extended spring games, said he is back playing catch and hasn't felt any additional pain since his late May setback.
"Everything feels good," Eaton said, per MLB.com. "Feels back to where I was. It only hurt that one throw and I felt great before that."
Barring any more setbacks, Eaton could be ready for a rehab assignment in two weeks.
"I haven't really looked too far ahead," Eaton said. "It's coming along, though."
Adam Eaton plays simulated game
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/16/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton played a simulated game as the designated hitter Saturday, the Arizona Republic reports. He remains on a throwing program and will likely return around the All-Star break.
Adam Eaton plays in extend spring game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/16/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton hit in extended spring training Saturday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Eaton, who served as a designated hitter Saturday, is scheduled to take the field and begin throwing Sunday.
"He's going to probably do it again Monday or Tuesday against [injured closer closer] J.J. [Putz]," manager Kirk Gibson said, per MLB.com.
Eaton was told by Dr. James Andrews earlier this week that he will not require surgery. He has been sidelined all season as he continues to recover from an elbow injury. He has not played a rehab game since suffering a setback on May 22. Eaton may return at some point before the All-Star break.
Adam Eaton still a hold
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/30/2013)It's never good to have a player's name associated with Dr. James Andrews, but Adam Eaton's season was given a stay of execution this week when Dr. Andrews recommended three weeks rest and then a re-evaluation -- at which point surgery for the Diamondbacks outfielder could be considered.
Cutting Eaton just out of impatience could backfire, but if there's no DL spot on your team, I'd weigh what Eaton can give you (a half season of nice average and some speed) against what you can get off the wire. I'd drop Eaton for Leonys Martin or Nick Franklin in 12-team Roto leagues, but that's because Martin can give you Eaton-esque stats right now, and Franklin will play every day at a weak position. I won't use Eaton's spot to stream pitchers or chase a Yasmani Grandal-ish second catcher in Points leagues, though.
It's a tricky situation, which requires looking into a cloudy future, but it's probably wise to hold onto Eaton in most situations, just so you don't kick yourself if he doesn't need surgery.
Adam Eaton gets no bad news from Dr. Andrews
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/30/2013)Usually when a player has to visit Dr. James Andrews with an elbow injury it doesn't portend good things.
Andrews took a look at Eaton's MRI for a second opinion earlier this week and appears to have concluded that Eaton will not require surgery, agreeing with the team's doctors.
Eaton, who has no structural damage in his sore left elbow, is expected to pick up his rehab in about two weeks.
Adam Eaton to meet with Dr. Andrews Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/25/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is expected to visit Dr. James Andrews Tuesday, who will re-evaluate his left elbow.
Eaton's latest MRI showed some fluid around the UCL, but the exams did not show any structural damage. If Andrews confirms the diagnosis, then Eaton will be shut down for 2-3 weeks before re-starting his rehab assignment.
Not feeling any better about Adam Eaton
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/24/2013)So the latest MRI didn't reveal anything new with Adam Eaton's elbow, and the Diamondbacks are hopeful the center fielder can begin the rehab process anew after taking 2-3 weeks off.
I'm no doctor, but I am something of a historian. This whole rigmarole sounds an awful lot like what Carl Crawford went through -- starting up, sitting down, starting up, sitting down -- before eventually submitting to Tommy John surgery last year. The Diamondbacks aren't completely convinced either. They're sending him to Dr. James Andrews.
All is not well with Eaton's elbow. If it was, he'd be hitting more than .200 at the level where he hit nearly .400 last year. I'm not saying you should drop him in Fantasy, but if a Brandon Beachy or Michael Pineda type is still available, you might want to switch out your DL stash.
Adam Eaton expected to seek second opinion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/23/2013)Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told The Arizona Republic that Adam Eaton's MRI showed some fluid around the UCL but "the ligament looked the same as his prior MRI, so no new damage."
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/23/2013)The Diamondbacks announced Thursday that outfielder Adam Eaton's MRI revealed no structural damage in his elbow, after he had his rehab assignment shut down earlier in the week.
Eaton will stop throwing for two to three weeks to strengthen his left elbow before resuming his throwing program. He has been diagnosed with irritation of his left UCL, but there is no structural damage at this point.
The team has yet to establish a concrete timeline for his possible return after this latest setback.
Adam Eaton set for MRI Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013)Diamondbacks team physician Michael Lee told outfielder Adam Eaton that his preliminary examination looks to be a muscle issue and not a new injury to his strained UCL, according to MLB.com. Despite the seemingly positive prognosis, the team still wants to have him undergo an MRI to rule out further damage.
Eaton was shut down from his rehab assignment after experiencing discomfort in his left elbow Monday at Triple-A Round Rock.
"Everything was going really well," Eaton said. "Made a couple of strong throws in Visalia and then got to Round Rock, and the first one there, I felt a little discomfort. Then I felt it again, and I just knew this isn't right. Against my better judgment -- because I usually try to play through stuff like that -- I told the trainer, and they got me right out of the game."
Eaton had treatment on the elbow Tuesday but said it did not seem to have much of a positive impact. Eaton was expected to join the team by the end of the month, but this setback complicates his possible return.
Setback for Adam Eaton a major concern
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/22/2013)This is why rehabilitation from a strained UCL is never as straightforward as it seems. A strain is, of course, a minor tear, and a tear in the UCL often leads to Tommy John surgery.
That's not the prognosis for the Diamondbacks' Adam Eaton just yet -- in fact, he's hopeful he can get back to playing in a few days -- but with these latest reports of him feeling something in his elbow, it's what I'm expecting. And as mentioned on the latest Fantasy Baseball Today podcast, it wouldn't be out of left field. On a rehab assignment between the California and Pacific Coast leagues, where he was practically a .400 hitter during his minor-league career, he was struggling .200. Check out the numbers for Kelly Johnson, Mike Aviles, Kyle Blanks and Carl Crawford in the weeks leading up to their Tommy John surgeries. They couldn't buy a hit either.
If I've been stashing Eaton all this time, I'm obviously waiting around for the final word, but I'm also preparing to go without him the rest of the way.
Adam Eaton leaves rehab assignment due to elbow soreness
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eatonleft his rehab assignment Wednesday to return to Phoenix and see a doctor for his ailing elbow, the Arizona Republic reports.
Eaton began his rehab assignment Monday and hasn't played in 2013 due to the injury. He was expected to be back by mid-June, but this setback could throw a wrench into those plans.
Adam Eaton singles during Triple-A rehab
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno Monday, leading off against Round Rock.
Eaton, who is rehabbing an elbow injury, went 1 for 3 before being replaced.
He started in center field and singled. Eaton recently moved his rehab to Triple-A from Class A Visalia. Eaton is expected to be re-evaluated following his third game with Reno.
Adam Eaton should be added now
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/20/2013)With Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton moving his rehab to Triple-A, now is the time for a shrewd Fantasy owner to put in a claim for the would-be leadoff hitter. Owned in 59 percent of leagues, Eaton could be back with the team by next week, and has a ton of potential to contribute in average, steals, and runs scored.
Eaton, 24, hit .259 with two homers and two steals over 85 at-bats last season with Arizona. But he hit .355 over 1,210 at-bats in the minors prior to his rehab assignment, with three seasons of 20-plus steals and an average of eight home runs per sesaon. He may need a little time to shake off rust -- Eaton is essentially going through spring training right now -- but he should be back on track by mid-June, if not earlier.
Adam Eaton moving rehab to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (elbow) is expected to move his rehab assignment from high Class A Visalia to Triple-A Reno Monday. After playing three games for Reno, manager Kirk Gibson said the Diamondbacks will reassess Eaton's status.
Gibson said he won't have trouble finding playing time for his outfielders once Eaton is healthy. Before getting hurt, Eaton was expected to be the team's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.
"I’m not really worried about it," Gibson told The Arizona Republic. "If we have guys, we’ll find places for them to play. As we bring back some of these guys, we’ll get stronger in areas and it allows guys to go hard and then take a break and it will allow somebody else to go hard. That’s the way it is. The team has a good mentality about that. They play hard when they get in there. That’s what you want. You want to have great strength and depth."
Adam Eaton to play the field Friday
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton, who is on the 15-day disabled list, is expected to begin playing the field on his rehab assignment Friday, MLB.com reports. He has been limited to DH work as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.
Eaton increased his throwing distance to 135 feet on Tuesday.
"He's not swinging the bat very well," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Actually I think he's probably pretty bored with the process and frustrated with the process."
Adam Eaton to begin rehab assignment in early May
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton threw from 90 feet Monday as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, per MLB.com. Eaton is expected to begin a rehab assignment in early May in hopes of being back with the team by late May.
"It could be that early if there is a need, but our preference would be to let him continue to play," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Adam Eaton begins throwing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton, on the disabled list with a sprained UCL in his elbow, began throwing Friday, according to MLB.com
Eaton has been hitting since April 4 and has four plate appearances as a designated hitter at extended spring training. Manager Kirk Gibson wants to take a cautious approach with the 24-year-old and expects him to be ready to return in about a month.
"He'll throw every other day for two weeks," Gibson said. "Then he'll go to two days in a row. Probably a day or two days off, then get into three in a row. ... We're not going to rush him."
Adam Eaton takes BP on field
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton (left elbow), who is on the disabled list, began taking batting practice on the field on Tuesday, MLB.com reports. Eaton had previously hit off a tee and in the batting cages.
Eaton is hoping to return to the Diamondbacks in early to mid-May after suffering a sprained UCL in his left elbow.
Eaton suffered a sprained UCL in his elbow about two weeks ago. He took swings in the cage for the first time since the injury Thursday, but he remains two weeks away from throwing. Eaton is expected to get at-bats in extended spring training until his elbow heals enough to begin a rehab assignment.
Adam Eaton to hit the cages
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton, on the 15-day disabled list, will begin swinging in a batting cage Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old suffered a UCL sprain during spring training and is expected to start throwing again in about two weeks.
"I know he's excited to do that," manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday. "He's really champing at the bit."
Diamondbacks place Adam Eaton on disabled list
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013)The Diamondbacks have placed Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list, the club announced.
Eaton suffered an elbow strain in late March. The injury will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Gerardo Parra is the top candidate to replace Eaton in center field for Arizona.
Stashing Adam Eaton still worthwhile
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/28/2013)So even though he's out for two months with an elbow injury that sounds to me like it could potentially lead to something worse, I still find myself targeting the Diamondbacks' Adam Eaton in the late rounds. Obviously, I'm talking in the 20s now rather than the teens, but in any league that offers DL slots, I've decided I still want him.
Maybe it's just a stubborn refusal to give up on a personal favorite of mine -- considering how far I'm letting Mark Teixeira fall, I get the feeling it is -- but I still believe Eaton's skill set, particularly in points leagues, could lead to elite-level production.
Clearly, the price is right. If you don't need that DL spot for anyone else, what do you have to lose?
Adam Eaton injury is terrible news
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/22/2013)This morning on the Eye on Baseball podcast, I was telling Chris Cwik that the one hitter I want on all my Fantasy teams this year is Adam Eaton.
This afternoon, I'm staying away.
OK, so as a last-round DL stash, I still dig him and all of his talents. But he's no longer the quintessential sleeper. Now, he's just a big, fat risk.
He has a small tear in his UCL -- a ligament that, when torn, often requires Tommy John surgery. His tear is small enough that it should heal on its own, but for that to happen, he can't throw for four weeks. And even then, "should" is hardly a guarantee.
This one makes me sick to my stomach. Eaton was the kind of late-round pick that was supposed to set my team apart. The official timetable the Diamondbacks give for his recovery is six to eight weeks, but is someone so unproven really worth the wait? Over a Matt Joyce type, maybe.
At least it happened before the biggest draft weekend of the year.
A.J. Pollock could get the call
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)The Diamondbacks have been talking up 25-year-old outfielder A.J. Pollock as nearly major-league ready so far in spring training, and it looks like they might need his services right away. The team announced Friday that they will be without Adam Eaton for at least the first month of the season, leaving a hole in the outfield on opening day that Pollock might have the chance to fill.
Earlier in the spring, Diamondbacks' Triple-A manager Brett Butler told the Arizona Republic that Pollock compares favorably to Angels outfielder Mike Trout, last season's Rookie of the Year winner in the AL.
"He's Mike Trout without the pop," Butler said.
Pollock, a first-round pick in the 2009 draft, is batting just .241 in 22 Cactus League games. He put up a .318 batting average and .780 OPS at Triple-A Reno last season.
Adam Eaton could miss up to two months with elbow sprain
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton has been lighting up the Cactus League so far in anticipation of his first opening-day start, but the team announced Friday that it will not have Eaton available to open the season. Eaton was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his left elbow, an injury that will keep him out for six to eight weeks.
At this point, it does not appear as if Eaton will need surgery, but this injury is likely to sideline him for at least the first month of the regular season. With Cody Ross also likely to begin the season on the disabled list, the Diamondbacks opening-day outfield might consist of Jason Kubel, A.J. Pollock and Gerardo Parra. Eaton was batting .390 in the spring with three stolen bases, two home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games prior to the injury.
Eaton feels no pressure
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013)The Arizona Daily Star reports Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is ready to tackle the pressure of being a leadoff hitter in the majors. "I don't feel any (pressure)," he said. "I'm ready for the opportunity and excited for it." Manager Kirk Gibson hasn't anointed Eaton the team's opening day leadoff hitter and starting center fielder, but the prospect certainly has his manager's attention. "You could see the kind of element that he could bring to a team," Gibson said. "We've never had a leadoff hitter since I've been here. That's exciting. That changes the way our lineup goes. You get a guy that's disruptive at the top of the lineup, that can get on base, that can chop the ball, put pressure on the infielders. He's very aggressive on the bases." General manager Kevin Towers views Eaton an asset on the base paths. "It's not only his threat to steal second, but he was very effective in the minor leagues at stealing third as well," Towers said.
Eaton held in high regard
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/10/2013)MLB.com reports the Diamondbacks have high hopes for outfield prospect Adam Eaton, who is the strong favorite to be the team's opening day center fielder. "Adam is a really exciting player," Diamondbacks minor league director Mike Bell said. "Everywhere he's been, he's put up huge offensive numbers. He plays solid defensively, he steals bases, he gets on base. If he plays the way he's been playing, I think he's going to be a tremendous player for us."
Eaton gearing up to compete
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/9/2013)After breaking his hand in the final week of the regular season, Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton is only about a month into his offseason training program and is still working to regain the strength in his hand, according to MLB.com. "It's going real well," Eaton said of his rehab. "I got cleared right before Christmas and I've been hitting for probably about three weeks or so. It feels great. There's no pain, there's no restriction of movement." After hitting .259 with a .382 on-base percentage in a September call-up last season, Eaton appeared destined to be the Diamondbacks' leadoff hitter in 2013, especially after the team traded Chris Young to the Athletics early in the offseason. But now that Cody Ross is in the mix, Eaton expects to have to compete. "You prepare yourself the same," Eaton said. "It doesn't matter if you're 12th on the depth chart."