Adam Eaton is out of the White Sox starting lineup for the third consecutive game Sunday because of flu-like symptoms. He was actually sent back to Chicago on Saturday while the team finishes up a four-game series at Minnesota’s Target Field.
“It’s going around, so be careful who you talk to,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times and other reporters on Sunday morning. “Don’t get too close.”
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers also caught the bug and will miss a second straight game. Geovany Soto is behind the plate Sunday for starter John Danks and J.B. Schuck is in center field and leading off against Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Eaton is expected to return to action for Tuesday’s series opener versus the Tigers.
Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers prospect Joey Gallo underwent surgery on his left heel Friday morning to remove an OS Trigonum bone. Gallo is expected to miss three weeks of action. As Stevenson notes, catcher Geovany Soto had the same surgery last year and played 16 days later.
Gallo, a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Rangers, hit well in Cactus League action through March 22, blasting a pair of home runs with six RBI and a .250 average in 32 at-bats. Gallo became a household name last season when he hit a combined 42 home runs between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.
Veteran catcher Geovany Soto has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-670 radio in Chicago.
Soto won the Rookie of the Year for the Cubs in 2008, but has struggled to stay healthy and productive since then. He spent last season with the Rangers and A’s, being limited to just 24 games while hitting .250 with one homer and a .665 OPS.
When healthy Soto has shown 20-homer power and his .770 career OPS is well above average for catchers. At age 32 he could find a fit backing up Tyler Flowers.