Adam Eaton out third straight day with illness

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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.

Bryce Harper played some third base in an intrasquad game

Bryce Harper third base
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Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.

Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.

Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”

Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.

Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.