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Former D-back Eaton settling in with White Sox

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CHICAGO -- The D-backs won't get to see Adam Eaton in the White Sox lineup this weekend -- he's on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury -- but he did get a chance to say hi to his former mates before batting practice Friday.

Eaton was dealt in December from the D-backs to the White Sox in the three-team deal that brought outfielder Mark Trumbo to Phoenix.

"It's been going well," Eaton said. "I've really enjoyed the transition. Coming back to the Midwest, it's kind of felt like coming home. I've enjoyed my time thus far. Good guys in the clubhouse, front office has been great, I couldn't ask for a better team to transition to."

The White Sox are happy to have Eaton and have missed him during his time on the DL.

"He's been great," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "There's an energy level that he has and it's also his talent. He's come in here and at the top of our lineup really set a tone as far as the type of at-bats that he's had, playing well, all that kind of stuff goes into it. There's just an edge to him that we needed and that's something that he's brought and it's been a breath of fresh air to have that."

Eaton was drafted by the D-backs and the organization once talked about him being the center fielder of the future, dealing veteran Chris Young prior to last season to clear space for Eaton.

But an elbow injury during Spring Training cost him the first couple months of the season and he struggled to get going after that. The trade to the White Sox caught him off guard.

"I really felt at home with Arizona," Eaton said. "I loved the team. I loved how I came up with them. I love the organization. Gibby [Kirk Gibson] as the manager, the guys in the clubhouse. I thought we were going to be there for the next decade, but things happen and this is a business that we're in, and you've got to roll with the punches."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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