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."
Reed returns to U.S. Cellular as visitor in old home
CHICAGO -- Addison Reed made the familiar walk through the tunnel at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, but instead of turning into the home clubhouse, he continued on to the visitor's side.
Drafted by the White Sox, Reed was their closer for the last two seasons before being dealt to Arizona in December.
Reed got to the ballpark early and spent time saying hi to his former mates.
"Definitely different," he said while looking around the visitor's clubhouse. "It was weird walking in the tunnel and going past the home clubhouse. The next three games they're the enemy so I hope we come out of here with three wins."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said his team misses Reed's reliability at the end of games.
"He always wanted the ball," Ventura said. "He always was available, he'd do anything."
Reed has converted 10 of his 11 save opportunities for the D-backs this year after saving 40 games for Chicago in 2013.
• With the starting rotation pitching more consistent innings, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has been able to settle his relievers into more regular slots.
For now it appears that Brad Ziegler will get most of the work in the eighth setting up closer Addison Reed.
If Evan Marshall, who was called up from Triple-A Reno this past week, continues to pitch well he could see some action in the seventh.
"Guys are understanding their roles a little better, we're getting guys slotted in," Gibson said. "Before we were throwing guys by necessity, where now it's more organized because we're getting better starting pitching."
• Gibson toyed with the idea of playing Eric Chavez at first base and using Paul Goldschmidt at designated hitter this weekend as a way of giving Goldschmidt a little break.
After thinking it over, though, Gibson decided not to press the issue with Chavez's knees, which can act up at times.
As for Goldschmidt not yet receiving a day off, Gibson said none is planned for him anytime soon.
"Goldy, you just kind of monitor," Gibson said. "There's things that you watch and you have the injury report where guys get nagging things and Goldy really hasn't had any of that."
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.