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Eaton to start rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A

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CHICAGO -- The plan for Adam Eaton is to go to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday and begin an injury rehab assignment for the right oblique strain that landed him on the disabled list Aug. 9. Eaton took batting practice prior to Wednesday's contest.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn doesn't believe Eaton will be back Sunday in New York, when he's eligible to return, partially because of logistics and travel. But he should be back in the lineup for the start of the club's homestand next week against the Indians and Tigers.

Eaton has played an integral role in the White Sox defense and especially their offensive output, but the key for the White Sox is keeping Eaton healthy while not taking away his aggressiveness. This present injury popped up two days after he ran into a post in the U.S. Cellular Field wall chasing an Adam Rosales' home run.

"We did talk earlier in the year about the head-first slide [into first] and stuff like that, which obviously has played a role in some of his issues," said Hahn. "He's learned a little bit about himself in terms of, I don't want to say toning it down, because part of what makes him good is that aggressiveness, but sort of being more selectively aggressive as a means of preserving his health."

"Guys are going to get hurt, but I think there's ways for guys to manage it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "This is not a guy that's played 10 years, so he's got stuff that he'll learn as he goes along: How important he is to the team to when to run face-first into the wall and when not to when the ball's 10 feet over the fence. So, hopefully, he can learn that."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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