Life has returned to normal for Scott Carroll.
After 138 Minor League games over eight seasons, the 29-year-old achieved his big league goal last Sunday by starting against the Rays. His first career start also turned into his first victory.
Carroll allowed just one earned run over 7 1/3 innings and quickly found his 15 minutes of fame with such a strong effort. He would like that fame to extend quite a bit longer, beginning with Saturday's next step against the Indians.
"It was good just to get back to work and get back to my routine and get into a starter's routine," Carroll said. "My parents mentioned that it was hard for them to get back to reality and being back in Kansas City. But it's all good things and all good stuff I want to have. I'm looking forward to my next start."
This victory gave way to a brief press tour for Carroll, mostly consisting of radio interviews, including a few from back home in Missouri. He received the Indians' scouting report on Friday and will go over the job at hand in preparation for Saturday night, with memories of last Sunday in the back of his mind.
"Absolutely. I still had a smile on my face for a couple of days," Carroll said. "It's been a great ride. It was a lot of fun to look back on it now, four or five days [later]. It was something super special, and I'll never forget it.
"I know they will have a lot of lefties in the lineup. It will be good. Something a little different. I'll go through the report tonight and talk to the catchers and get a game plan for tomorrow."
Justin Masterson gets the call for the Indians, looking for his first victory this season. Putting Masterson on the mound against the White Sox in '13 pretty much guaranteed a victory for the Tribe, as the right-hander posted a 4-0 record and allowed just three earned runs over 32 2/3 innings for an 0.83 ERA.
In Masterson's first start against the White Sox in '14, he gave up five earned runs on seven hits and five walks in just 4 2/3 innings.
White Sox: Danks may move into starting role
Jordan Danks has just three hits in 33 at-bats this season, but he might temporarily be moving into a starting role.
Adam Eaton exited Friday's 12-5 loss to Cleveland at Progressive Field in the bottom of the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring and was replaced by Danks. Eaton already has battled a left knee problem that cost him five games in April, so the combination of those issues led Eaton to speculate on a trip to the disabled list.
Eaton would be the seventh White Sox player on the DL, joining Felipe Paulino, Jeff Keppinger, Chris Sale, Nate Jones, Conor Gillaspie and Avisail Garcia. Leury Garcia also has the ability to play the outfield.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fourth, Eaton hit a grounder up the middle that was gloved by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and turned into an inning-ending double play. Eaton, going full force to beat the play at first, appeared to tweak something as he hit the base awkwardly.
Eaton had been bothered by his right hamstring for about a week.
"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."
Indians: Errors continue to haunt Tribe
The Indians defensive struggles have followed them into May.
The Tribe finished April with 26 errors, and Elliot Johnson added two more in Friday's series-opening victory against the White Sox.
Despite the Tribe being well ahead of its 2013 pace, when they committed 98 errors, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti expects the miscues to level out soon.
"I think we're a better defensive team than we've played so far, and I'm confident that we'll improve," Antonetti said. "It's really hard to pinpoint any one particular issue. I think just team-wide, we haven't yet played up to our abilities."
Antonetti was hesitant to speculate as to the source of Cleveland's defensive lapses, but he believes poor April weather may have contributed.
"In a short period of time, one month, when it's tough to get on the field, tough to get into a regular routine, maybe that explains some of the inconsistencies," Antonetti said. "But I know we'll be better moving forward."
• Carlos Santana has homered three times in his last four games, after going deep just once through the first 24 games.
• Michael Brantley's three hits in Friday's victory raised his Progressive Field average to .321.
• The White Sox have given up 12 runs in three games during the '14 season, with two coming against the Indians and one coming against the Rangers.
• White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu's 11 homers are the most by any player through the first 30 games of the season since the Mets' Mike Jacobs hit 11 through 30 in '05.