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Melky goes on family emergency leave list

Outfielder will miss weekend series in Detroit
MLB.com @scottmerkin

DETROIT -- Melky Cabrera will miss the White Sox three-game weekend series in Detroit after the team's left fielder was placed on the family emergency leave list on Friday.

The White Sox recalled reliever Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move, but he was sent back to Charlotte after allowing two runs on four hits in one inning during a 10-3 loss to the Tigers.

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DETROIT -- Melky Cabrera will miss the White Sox three-game weekend series in Detroit after the team's left fielder was placed on the family emergency leave list on Friday.

The White Sox recalled reliever Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move, but he was sent back to Charlotte after allowing two runs on four hits in one inning during a 10-3 loss to the Tigers.

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According to a team spokesman, the switch-hitting Cabrera left to attend to a family medical emergency.

"We're hoping to get him back in the lineup Tuesday," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, referring to the start of the team's next homestand. "Melky has been playing great. And emotionally, he's a big part of the team mentally and just character-wise.

"Something like this happens, the guys feel for him and want him back, but they understand why he's gone. There wasn't even a hesitation. He needed to go and we'll do this without him. He wants to be back and he's ready to go make sure everything is OK. Be back here ready to go."

Cabrera, who has a slash line of .275/.339/.397, has played in all 54 games this season for the White Sox. Players placed on the family emergency leave list are required to miss a minimum of three games.

Jackson better but not back
Austin Jackson tested the turf toe on his left foot that cost him the three Mets games with pregame running Friday in Detroit. He's improved but not ready to return, meaning Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro were the only healthy players on the bench.

"He says he's been feeling better, so we can give him another day and see," said Ventura. "We've got three days here, so we can go day to day until we get to that off-day."

Eaton looking to break loose
After an All-Star-caliber April, with a slash line of .298/.368/.394, Adam Eaton entered the Detroit series in a 5-for-38 funk over his previous 10 games. That slump includes a three-hit effort on May 29. He went 0-for-4 Friday.

"When you struggle in the big leagues, it's usually you are swinging at pitches that they want you to swing at and you are missing pitches you should hit," Eaton said. "You usually get one pitch, and if it's a blessing, you get two pitches good to hit in one at-bat.

"Right now I'm not hitting those that I should. Then I'm swinging at their pitch. When you struggle, that's kind of how it goes. You have to take it day in and day out and you have to get things going at some point. Why not today?"

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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