Postponement pushes back Eaton's return

Postponement pushes back Eaton's return

HOUSTON -- The postponement of Thursday's contest between Triple-A Charlotte and Durham did more than mess with Chris Sale's injury rehab pitching schedule. Adam Eaton, the White Sox center fielder and leadoff man, was originally expected back Sunday in Houston after testing his right hamstring with the Knights.

Manager Robin Ventura now looks for Eaton to rejoin the team Monday in Kansas City, beginning the third and final leg of this nine-game road stretch.

"It would be a lot to have him play Saturday and then fly in here and play and then fly right out after the game," Ventura said of Eaton, who has been on the disabled list since May 3. "I would rather have him just fly to Kansas City Sunday and then be ready to go on Monday instead of having him fly all over the place and try to squeeze in. … Maybe he makes it, maybe he doesn't. Monday is a better shot of when he'll come off."

Eaton was 2-for-4 with a stolen base Friday for Charlotte.

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