It has been a rough ride for the Chicago White Sox in 2021. Their record is magnificent but it looks even better when you consider all of the missing parts due to injury. Eloy Jimenez has missed the entire season so far, Luis Robert has been gone for months, and guys like Michael Kopech, Nick Madrigal, Lance Lynn, Billy Hamilton, Adam Eaton and Tim Anderson have all spent time on the IL. Now, Adam Engel will join them for the second time this season.
The Chicago White Sox really needs to start getting healthy before it’s too late.
Adam Engel was just starting to be an impactful player again after his first injury. Now his hamstring has him back in the IL which is not good news for the White Sox. He hits the injured list with 3 home runs, four RBIs, and five runs scored. His slash line of .241/.313/.552 with an OPS of .864 was very good. The hope is that he can return soon and be just as productive.
With this transaction, the White Sox now have their four best outfielders on the injured list. We don’t know how long before Engel, Eaton, Jimenez, and Robert are back but it could be a different amount of time for each. The hope is that everybody is back and ready for a deep playoff run.
This one stings for the Chicago White Sox. Missing your top four outfielders at the same time is tough. They need to fill in the gaps with players from within until they either get healthier or make a trade.
For now, guys like Bryan Goodwin, Leury Garcia, Jake Lamb, and Andrew Vaughn are going to need to step up their games. If they do that, the White Sox will be in great shape when eveyrhting comes together.
If they are able to get through this tough time, they will certainly be able to make a deep run if they play their game the right way. Adam Engel is a big key to that so hopefully, this isn’t anything too serious. If his stay on the injured list isn’t too long, they can finally start to piece their outfield together.