Sunday, June 16, 2013
Eaton's ETA and role remain questions
By Jason Catania and Jason A. Churchill
Just as the Arizona Diamondbacks were ready to hand the keys to the leadoff spot and centerfield to Adam Eaton, the rookie went down with an elbow ligament sprain that's kept him out since the end of spring training.
The lefty-hitting Eaton has yet to return to the majors after an impressive debut late last year, as he had a setback in his rehab in late May. The latest? He's resumed throwing at least, according to Arizona Sports 620 via Twitter.
Prior to the setback, which ultimately led to a few weeks of rest for his elbow, Eaton had been playing in rehab games in the minors, spending most of his time at designated hitter but also getting in a few games in centerfield.
It's tough to say when Eaton will be ready, given that it's taken him this long to recover. It seems possible he could make it back around the All-Star break, but then there's the question of how he fits into a team that has plenty of outfielders and is on top of the NL West.
Fellow rookie A.J. Pollock and veteran Gerardo Parra have done well, and the D-backs also have Cody Ross and Jason Kubel to handle the corners.
It's looking like this may wind up being somewhat of a lost season for Eaton, who was considered a potential Rookie of the Year favorite in March.