If nothing else, we know this: It's possible for the White Sox to get unhealthier before they get healthier.
Adam Eaton's early departure from Friday's game triggered yet another wave of roster moves and he headlines the list with a visit to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. That's a different injury than the left hamstring/back-of-knee injury that caused him to miss some time last month, and he had been trying to play through both, apparently:
"Just with both legs, and legs are the game that I play, so I'm not 100 percent sure, but that's what I'd say we're leaning towards," said Eaton of the DL. "We want to get everything right, and I'm not doing any good when I'm [playing] at 80 percent. I'm not sure what [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] wants to do, but we'll see.
"It kind of started off [with] some small little irritation, and then it kind of felt a little more. You don't take anything serious in this game, especially with your body. You try to play through stuff, but that's what we were trying to do, and it kind of bit us in the butt. I don't know what other precautions we're going to take, DL or whatever. I'm not sure what's going to happen because I've got to talk to him, and I'll know more after."
The White Sox used his spot to (hopefully) temporarily expand the pitching staff, calling up lefty Frank De Los Santos from Charlotte. The Sox acquired De Los Santos in a late-season trade with the Tampa Bay Rays (cash went the other way), and was among the more obscure members of the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old started the season in Birmingham, where he soon earned a promotion to Charlotte. He hasn't skipped a beat with the Knights, either, standing out among other known lefties like Donnie Veal and David Purcey.
With no productive outfielders at Charlotte, the White Sox had to go outside the organization and use the Blue Jays' favorite weapon against them -- the waiver claim. The Sox yoinked Moises Sierra from Toronto after the Jays designated him for assignment on Thursday. The Jays had their reasons to DFA him, as he started the season 2-for-34 with one walk and nine strikeouts. But ... it comes after a season in which he hit .290/.369/.458 in 35 games -- and with reverse splits -- which is more what the Sox are hoping for.
Sierra has never played center in the big leagues -- he's primarily a right fielder, and has the arm for it -- so if the Sox have immediate plans for him, we might see Alejandro De Aza return to center during Eaton's absence, and then maybe Dayan Viciedo could flip corners, too.
Since the 40-man roster is full, claiming Sierra necessitated moving Nate Jones from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. So apparently he's not get any closer to returning, either.