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Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

The march to first place begins ... now

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Super Center: Engel makes death-defying, sometimes-injury-inducing grabs, like this one in Minnesota off of Eduardo Escobar five days ago.
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The American League Central — hell, the major league baseball — juggernaut that is the Chicago White Sox roll back home after a delightful 4-3 road trip, to take on the hated Wahoos. And in the strong-get-stronger category, fleet center fielder and sometimes clubber Adam Engel returns to the lineup for the White Sox.

But first, some news:

  • Rick Hahn reiterated today that Eloy Jiménez will make a stop at Triple-A Charlotte before arriving in Chicago. Does he make it to the White Sox by August, roughly paralleling that 60ish-game season the Big Hurt had in 1990? Time will tell.
  • Luis Robert will be promoted to High-A Winston-Salem in a week to 10 days.
  • Micker Adolfo is about to start throwing again, fueling hopes that he can a) avoid surgery on his elbow altogether and b) play some outfield before the season is over.
  • Zack Burdi has been throwing off of a mound and, while the minimum goal is still 100% health for spring training, the reliever may see game action sometime this year, most likely in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Avisail García will begin his rehab assignment in Charlotte on Tuesday.
  • Yolmer Sánchez is taking outfield reps with White Sox first base coach/former White Sox outfielder Daryl Boston.
  • Alec Hansen will make his first start of the season this weekend, with Double-A Birmingham.
  • A.J. Puckett threw his first simulated game, on his way back to health.