2/18/2014 4:56 P.M. ET
Eaton trying to fit in with new teammates
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Moving from the D-backs to the White Sox via trade has been like changing schools, according to energetic center fielder and soon-to-be leadoff man Adam Eaton.
He already has met new teachers, which are the White Sox coaches and front office members in this case, and he's getting to know his new classmates, or teammates, as it were. But the real acquaintance period comes once games begin.
"That's when the true test is going to start, getting that mold together of how guys are going to go about their business," Eaton said. "Especially if I'm going to be at the top of the order, with how guys hit around me, feeling that out.
"Also with pitching, you know, playing defense, really how those guys are going to pitch certain hitters and how I play accordingly. Once those games start, I'll feel more comfortable. Right now, the personality and the guys, it's getting there."
Eaton has no lingering effects from a sprain in his left ulnar collateral ligament and a reoccurrence of the injury late in 2013 that limited the 25-year-old left-handed hitter to 250 at-bats with Arizona. He admits that moving from the National League to the American League presents a new task in learning the pitchers, but he's ready for the challenge.
"I'm ready to play baseball," Eaton said. "We are all little kids out here, just playing on the playground, playing some baseball."
Beckham ready to put injuries behind him
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham's 2013 production was as hampered by a plethora of injuries as much as anything he did right or wrong at the plate. Those injuries included surgery to remove a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, a second, unrelated left wrist problem after the All-Star break and a strained right quad that plagued him for the final six weeks.
It's hard to combat the freakish nature of injuries, such as the fracture taking place on a checked swing in Washington. But Beckham has done all he could to enhance the health aspect going into the '14 campaign.
"There are things I have done this offseason to kind of prevent some lingering stuff that I was dealing with last year," Beckham said. "But the hand feels good, everything feels a lot better and there is definitely more of an idea of how my body is working and making sure I have that ready to go for the start of the season."
Entering his sixth big league season, Beckham not only stands as one of the club's grizzled veterans but also understands more about how Spring Training works and what he needs to succeed -- especially offensively.
"Last year, I felt good about what I was doing and I think it was showing on the field," Beckham said. "I feel like I dealt with a lot and I felt like I had a pretty good year last year considering how healthy I was.
"To fight through that actually gives me more confidence for this year. I think I'm in a good spot and everything feels good. I just have stay healthy. If I can stay healthy, I can do what I am capable of."
Jones ready to restart exercise program
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nate Jones plans to return to an exercise and strengthening program Wednesday after being shut down completely at the start of camp because of a moderate strain of his left glute.
The hard-throwing right-handed reliever and closer candidate played down the injury from the start and reiterated Tuesday that the injury caused him little to no worry.
"Oh, absolutely," Jones said. "Everything is feeling good. We let it calm down, so the next step is a couple of days of exercising and strengthening it back up and then start tossing and see how it feels and go from there."
Manager Robin Ventura and Jones said there was no definite timetable for Jones to return to the mound.
"There's still plenty of time down here for Nate to get ready," Ventura said. "I would rather him not reinjure anything or do anything worse at this point.
Third to first
• Ventura had no update on reliever Ronald Belisario and his ongoing visa issue in Venezuela. The White Sox manager expects everyone else to be in camp by Thursday, when the full squad reports, with Avisail Garcia, Jeff Keppinger, Conor Gillaspie, Beckham, Eaton and Jose Abreu among the numerous position players already in attendance.
• Jordan Danks and his wife, Ashley, welcomed a healthy baby boy named Cooper this past October. The outfielder quipped that his first child was not named after White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.
• Much focus during Beckham's first interview session Tuesday was placed upon the beard he grew in the offseason and that he might lose his unofficial best hair title to Matt Davidson. Beckham played along with the questions, calling it a standoff between him and Davidson hair-wise, before smiling and asking, "Do we have any real questions?"
• Thursday marks the official start of Paul Konerko's 16th and final season with the White Sox. It's a season the classy captain deserves, according to Beckham, as opposed to going out on last year's 99-loss debacle.
"He deserves it. I think baseball deserves it," said Beckham. "He would never say that but I think he needs a little bit of a victory lap.
"I feel like he is one of the most unsung guys in the big leagues for as good as he is. I think he deserves at least to be recognized throughout the year. He doesn't want that but as his friend and a guy that respects what he has done, he deserves that."