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Eaton ready to start Minor League rehab assignment

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing outfielder Adam Eaton ran sprints and tested out his right hamstring before Tuesday's contest against the A's.

Starting Wednesday, he'll be jet-setting all over the country as he tries to get some game action with Triple-A Charlotte. His itinerary for the upcoming week is hectic to say the least.

"Should be fun," Eaton said. "Basically touching both sides of the United States in one fell swoop."

Eaton will work out at O.Co Coliseum on Wednesday morning and then travel to Durham, N.C., to play two games with the Knights on Thursday and Friday before taking a bus to Norfolk, Va., for four more innings on Saturday. If all goes according to plan, he'll join his White Sox teammates in Houston on Sunday -- the first day he's eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list -- for the series finale, before jumping on another plane to Kansas City as the road trip continues.

"Excited to get back Sunday," Eaton said. "It's no fun being on the dead list. … It's definitely playable right now, and we'll find out more when we actually get to games. Once adrenaline gets going, you're pushing it a little bit further. I would say I'm ready to go."

Acquired in the offseason from Arizona, Eaton has taken up the team's starting center fielder and leadoff roles when healthy. In 25 games before his injury, Eaton was batting .276/.363/.378 with a homer, 14 RBIs, 11 walks and 16 strikeouts.

"It's kind of easy hitting on top of this order," Eaton said. "With [Jose] Abreu, [Paul] Konerko going against lefties and [Adam] Dunn going against righties. Some very, very good hitters with a lot of pop behind you. It's a fun lineup to be in."

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