GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam Eaton leads off and will once again be the designated hitter — a spring training role he’ll probably keep for another couple of weeks while he builds up strength in his throwing arm — when the White Sox host the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch Tuesday.
“I don’t think they gave me a target date,” Eaton said of a possible return to playing the outfield. “With athletes, you give ‘em a target date, it kind of plays with our minds a little bit. I truly believe that it’s more than just my shoulder. It’s just me making sure I’m healthy for the season and getting my body ready. I don’t think it’s all about the shoulder — it’s about my knees, my back, everything, every aspect of my game to make sure I’m healthy for 162 this year. I think that’s the kind of approach they’re taking.
“I am definitely building up with my arm strength. My arm strength has never been stronger. I’ve thrown 100-plus throws six days a week, five days a week. I’ve never been stronger.”
Eaton, who had minor surgery on the back of his left shoulder during the offseason, doesn’t like to DH, although he has hit well doing it during the first week of Cactus League games. He made that clear Monday.
“No. Miserable,” he said. “I hate it and I think everything everybody hates it, too, because they hear me chatterbox in there and I’m pacing up and down and chewing too many seeds and too much bubblegum and champing at the bit to get out there. I hate it because you don’t really get in the flow of the game, either. You can only impact the game one way and if you don’t, you hate it. I get out and go back to the bench and sulk about it for the next hour until I get another at-bat. It’s miserable.”
Here’s how the Sox line up Tuesday:
Here are the scheduled pitchers this week. In one change, Mat Latos was removed as the starter against the Cubs on Saturday and replaced by Erik Johnson. Latos hasn’t pitched in a Cactus League game yet.
Today: John Danks, Zach Duke, Josh Wall, Phillippe Aumont, Colin Kleven, Tyler Danish, Will Lamb (Fulmer, Guerrero, Brennan, Putnam on side).
Wednesday vs. A’s: Jacob Turner, Chris Beck, Daniel Webb, Dan Jennings (Sale, Albers, Petricka, Robertson, Johnson, Rodon on side).
Thursday: Split squad. Versus Royals: Carson Fulmer, Peter Tago, Nik Turley, Lamb, Kleven, Purke, Aumont. At Rangers: Quintana, Carroll, Kahnle, Jones, Wall, Ynoa. (Latos on side).
Friday: Carlos Rodon, Brennan, Guerrero, Putnam, Duke, Lollis (Beck, Turner, Danks on side).
Saturday: At Cubs: Erik Johnson, Dan Jennings, Webb, Matt Albers, Purke, Kahnle (Robertson, Sale on side).