7/31/2014 6:56 P.M. ET
Offseason trade eased Eaton's adjustment
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Adam Eaton terms Dec. 10, 2013, as the day he found out about the business side of Major League Baseball.
The center fielder and leadoff man was moved from the D-backs to the White Sox as part of a three-team deal, marking the first trade of the 25-year-old's career. Eaton believes the offseason timing benefited his White Sox adjustment, a benefit players such as Yoenis Cespedes and Jon Lester won't have with their trade being announced just hours before Thursday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I remember I talked to [Brad] Ziegler. He was our player rep at the time with Arizona and he called me as soon as it happened," Eaton said. "He was traded midseason at one point [in 2011] and he said that I was lucky to be traded in the offseason and it's much easier to kind of slowly progress into the other team.
"SoxFest was great, meeting guys through that way, as opposed to literally setting your bags down and having to play that night in front of a packed house. It's a little more difficult. I would say midseason trades are not as fun. The moving process, and if you have a wife, kids, it's probably not easy."
Eaton was watching reports concerning the Cespedes/Lester deal in the White Sox clubhouse prior to Thursday afternoon's contest. He spoke about the travel from Boston to Oakland for all three of the players involved and discussed in general getting taken out of your comfort zone.
"One team is saying, 'We don't need your services anymore,' and the other one is saying, 'We want you to play,'" Eaton said. "That's when you find out there's a business involved and a lot of talk behind closed doors you never hear about.
"There's always different moves being talked about. It's a little crazy at times. It was my first introduction to the business side. It's always difficult being traded."
Abreu's hit streak reaches 20 with first-inning single
DETROIT -- Jose Abreu's single to left off of Drew Smyly in the first inning of Thursday's 7-4 White Sox victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park extended the rookie's hitting streak to 20 straight games. Abreu has hit in 38 of 39 games, with his only miss coming on July 5 against the Mariners at home.
In the third inning, Abreu doubled, but he was thrown out trying to advance to third during Dayan Viciedo's at-bat. He stayed hot with another double in the fifth, and finished the 7-4 White Sox victory 3-for-3 with a pair of intentional walks.
Abreu stands third all-time in terms of franchise rookie hitting streaks, trailing Guy Curtright (26, 1943) and Chico Carrasquel (24, 1950). Carlos Lee holds the overall franchise mark of 28 set in 2004.
Adam Eaton also knocked out three hits and reached base five times. Per STATS LLC, the last time two White Sox players reached base five or more times in the same game was Aug. 30, 2010, when Alex Rios had five hits and Paul Konerko had two hits and three walks. That game went extra innings.
The last time two White Sox did so in a nine-inning game was May 1, 2006, when Scott Podsednik had four hits and a walk and Rob Mackowiak had three hits and two walks.
Lindstrom eyeing next road trip for return to action
DETROIT -- The plan for Matt Lindstrom's injury rehab assignment is to have the right-handed reliever work every other day for a little bit with Triple-A Charlotte.
"I'm not sure how many appearances, but they want to make sure I can at least go every other day for a little while," said Lindstrom, who begins his assignment Friday, testing the injury to the tendon sheath in his left ankle. "And then by the time I get back here I will be able to go back-to-backs or three in a row."
Lindstrom has been out of action since May 19, but believes that an Aug. 7 target date, which begins the White Sox next road trip in Seattle, is possible for a return.
"We'll see how it goes down there, though. That's what we're shooting for and hoping for," Lindstrom said. "A lot of it has to do just with how my stuff is, too. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on that and monitor it. We'll just go ahead and see and just take it from there.
"More of it right now is just stuff. I feel like I've had to get my arm back in shape. I don't think I really have too much going on in my mind about my ankle. I've tested it pretty good these last two or three weeks. That was the goal: before I went on the rehab to make sure that wasn't on the back of my mind, that I could make movements off the mound, fielding balls."
Putnam progressing toward rehab assignment
DETROIT -- Zach Putnam, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation last Thursday, will probably need a Minor League injury rehab assignment before he returns to the White Sox.
"Probably a short one," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
Putnam has a 2.35 ERA and three saves over 33 games for the White Sox.
"It's going fine," said Ventura of Putnam's rehab work. "Most of it when they're with [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] I let him do it.
"There haven't been any setbacks, I know that. I haven't seen him play catch yet. I don't pay attention to them when they're on the DL."
Third to first
• White Sox Charities Week, the club's annual fundraising and community outreach campaign, will be celebrated during the team's upcoming homestand and runs from Aug. 1-6.
• The White Sox won't necessarily push Avisail Garcia into feet-first slides defensively during his injury rehab with Charlotte starting Friday. It was a head-first dive that produced Garcia's shoulder injury on April 9 in Colorado originally thought to cost him the season.
"You would like to but his reactions are going to do a lot of it," Ventura said. "Some of the stuff he can do, even getting hurt was a reaction play, it wasn't necessarily a play where he didn't know what he was doing.
"It was a good, aggressive play. There are other times you'd like to see him take care of the shoulder and maybe go feet first. If he can do that without being uncomfortable doing that you'd like to see him do that."
• Lindstrom showed strong support for teammate Nate Jones, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
"It's just one of those things, when you're nursing something and something else kind of creeps up," Lindstrom said. "That's the toughest thing to do during a long season, but we all have his back. We sent him some texts the other day and hopefully he's doing good. He has a great mentality about it, so now that he's had it, he can just move on and get ready to pitch again."
• Scott Snodgress, who was 6-7 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Birmingham Barons this season, has been promoted to Charlotte. Snodgress, 24, takes the roster spot of Nelvin Fuentes, who was assigned to Birmingham.
• White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is expected back with the team on Friday. He was unable to travel because of vertigo.
• The Pirates claimed right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez off of waivers Thursday, reducing the White Sox 40-man roster to 39.
• Frank Thomas' Hall of Fame plaque will be on display at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.