The Chicago White Sox has had some serious injury trouble this season. Major injuries to Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert worried a lot of people when they each happened. Losing Adam Engel was also very tough as he is a very good player that provides good defense and a steady bat.
It is remarkable that this team went into Sunday’s action with a first-place record of 35-23. Well, Engel returned in this one and he made an immediate impact. This is the type of game, with maybe even a little more, that they need to see from him all year long.
Adam Engel is an important part of the Chicago White Sox here in 2021.
It wasn’t fun to watch Billy Hamilton hit the injured list. He has been a nice player for the White Sox all season long. His story of getting to where he is now by working at his craft has really been fun to watch as well. We can only hope that “Billy the hitter” returns as soon as possible.
Engel was called up to take his spot after an assignment in AAA Charlotte. He has been playing there every since coming back from his injury just to get his legs under him. Well, he clearly has his legs under him as he walked into this White Sox lineup and made an immediate impact. The conversation begins with the incredible defensive play he made in the fifth inning.
With the White Sox holding onto a 3-0 lead in the ballgame, Adam Engel leaps and robs Niko Goodrum of his fifth home run of the season. It was an incredible display of athleticism by Engel and a sign that he is injury-free. You can expect to see more of those types of defensive gems as the season goes along.
It was perfect because you just never know what happens if it goes from a 3-0 lead to a 3-1 lead. It would have injected a lot of life into that Tiger dugout of Goodrum would have had a home run there. He hasn’t hit one in a few weeks so you know his teammates are pulling for him. Engel took it back and it was glorious.
His first day at the plate wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t all bad. He went 0-2 but he did get hit by a pitch. When he was on base, he collected his first stolen base of the season which ties his total from all of 2020. Once his bat starts to heat up, this is going to be a very effective player for the White Sox. Once Robert and Jimenez are back, he should certainly become the everyday right fielder.