Eaton went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks in Sunday's win over the Royals. Eaton had been struggling of late and has recorded just one hit over his previous nine at-bats, but he delivered an excellent performance Sunday and reached base three times -- something he'd done just twice all season long prior to this game. It was also Eaton's first homer since April 12.
Eaton isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Twins. Eaton returned to the lineup Tuesday and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Danny Mendick will start in right field and bat ninth. His recent run of absences from the starting lineup have been publicly attributed to a bothersome knee, but the lefty-hitting outfielder has been held out of the lineup three consecutive games against a southpaw.
Eaton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-3 win over Minnesota. Eaton, who has been dealing with a sore knee, sat out three of the previous five games entering Tuesday's contest. With off-days, that means a span of eight days with six days off. Some eyebrows were raised when he sat two consecutive games against left-handed pitching, but the decision to sit Eaton against southpaws appears to have been rooted in concerns about the knee. Manager Tony La Russa told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that the knee is close to 100 percent.
Eaton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals. On the bench against a lefty (Mike Minor) for the second game in a row, Eaton looks to have at least temporarily lost hold of a full-time role in right field. Danny Mendick will get the nod in right in Sunday's series finale, but Eaton should still see the bulk of the starts against right-handed pitching.
Eaton isn't starting Saturday's game against the Royals. Eaton returned to the lineup Friday after dealing with a bruised knee and hamstring tightness, but he'll take a seat Saturday. Danny Mendick will start in right field and bat ninth.
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