BOSTON — Slumping designated hitter Adam LaRoche is out of the lineup, and banged-up center fielder Adam Eaton will be at DH when the White Sox open a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Fenway Park.
Eaton missed Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians that completed the Sox’ four-game sweep after he banged his left (throwing) shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield Saturday. LaRoche, who is batting .122 with one RBI in his last 14 games, will likely sit out Tuesday’s game as well with left-hander Wade Miley pitching for Boston.
The left-handed hitting LaRoche has not homered since June 24, a 25-game stretch.
“Rochey can kind of work it out in the cage and have a couple of days knowing he can go in there and work on some stuff,” manager Robin Ventura said.“He’s trying to figure it out so he’s working through it. You continue to do that. He’ll be back in there to play. But for two days, he’s going to ease the mind and not be in there.”Eaton’s mind, and shoulder discomfort, have been eased thanks to treatment from trainer Herm Schneider.
“It feels much better today although yesterday it was kind of tough to get my hand above my head,” Eaton said Monday. “But today [I have] full range of motion and feeling good. I’m thankful it was just a jam. Was pretty scared it might be something more than that but all the tests proved that it was just irritation and [Schneider] pushed that right out and it feels good today.”
When Eaton caromed a fly ball off the Green Monster and Tyler Saladino lined a shot into the right field corner in his first at-bat as a DH, it marked the first time the Sox started a game with back-to-back triples since Chico Carrasquel and Nellie Fox on June 15, 1954. The Sox scored four in the first against Joe Kelly.
*Melky Cabrera doubled in his first two at-bats, it gave him five consecutive multi-hit games, a career high. It gave Cabrera 12 doubles in his last 30 games.
Pedro Martinez’s number 45 will be retired by the Red Sox in a pregame ceremony before the game Tuesday. Martinez was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
John Danks (5-8, 4.66 ERA) started for the White Sox. With four days left before the trade deadline that might see right-hander Jeff Samardzija dealt away, the Sox (46-50) played their best baseball of the season at Cleveland. Here is how the White Sox line up against the Red Sox (44-55) and right-hander Joe Kelly (2-6, 5.74):