GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox manager Robin Ventura said there’s a good chance designated hitter Adam LaRoche will get some at-bats Monday after missing eight days with a sore low back.
LaRoche said his low back “completely locked up” on him after he took a swing and started toward first base in a game against the Kansas City Royals last Saturday. The 36-year-old has been gradually getting back to playing again and should be good to go Monday.
“LaRoche is probably in there tomorrow to get some at-bats,” Ventura said.
Eaton 10 days away — at most
Outfielder Adam Eaton’s target date to play in the field is March 23, Ventura said, as he continues to build up strength in his throwing shoulder. Eaton, who had arthroscopic surgery on the back of his left shoulder during the off-season, has been restricted to designated hitter duties during spring training.
“Right now, the 23rd is kind of the longer date,” Ventura said. “It could be earlier than that. He feels it’s going to be earlier than that. That’s where it’s at right now as far as the later date.”When Eaton returns, he could be used at all three outfield positions. Eaton has played center field only in his two years with the Sox, but Ventura said Austin Jackson will primarily play center field.“In talking to [Eaton] and even to Austin, I don’t think I would move Austin around as much,” Ventura said. “I would just keep him in center and move Adam around. He’d play all three.”Eaton has played all three during his career and has been shagging fly balls in the corners during batting practice.Left fielder Melky Cabrera has played all three outfield positions during his career but Ventura doesn’t expect to move him around.Jackson, playing center, started his first game since signing a one-year, $5 million deal last Sunday
Petricka, Putnam downplay physical issues
Right-handed relievers Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka both talked down the physical concerns involving them — Putnam’s right hamstring and Petricka’s right shoulder — on Monday morning.Petricka took a liner off his throwing shoulder in Saturday’s game against the Cubs in Mesa, but it wasn’t a direct hit.
“Arm feels good. A little bruise,” Petricka said.
Putnam tweaked his right hamstring while stretching Friday.
“Nothing serious. Nothing to be worried about,” he insisted.
Petricka said he planned to go play catch and stay on the same program. He came out of the game as a precaution. Unfortunately, Petricka had hoped to show a breaking pitch he has worked on during camp.
“I was looking forward to getting hitters reactions out of it again,” he said.
Putnam said he’s “just being cautious and making sure it doesnt turn into something that’ll start me on the shelf,” he said.
Here is the Sox’ lineup:
Adam Eaton DH
Austin Jackson CF
Todd Frazier 3B
Avisail Garcia RF
Jerry Sands 1B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Dioner Navarro C
Carlos Sanchez 2B
J.B. Shuck LF
John Danks P