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Notes: Engel to IL; Dunning to debut Wed.?

@scottmerkin
August 17, 2020

CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Adam Engel was placed on the injured list prior to Monday’s series opener with the Tigers, and the team purchased the contract of left-handed-hitting outfielder Luis González from its alternate training site in Schaumburg, Ill. With Engel’s permission, general manager Rick Hahn explained via Zoom

CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Adam Engel was placed on the injured list prior to Monday’s series opener with the Tigers, and the team purchased the contract of left-handed-hitting outfielder Luis González from its alternate training site in Schaumburg, Ill.

With Engel’s permission, general manager Rick Hahn explained via Zoom on Monday how Engel has not tested positive for COVID-19 and remains asymptomatic. But he may have come in contact with someone who was infected and as a result, Engel is isolating.

“This is frankly not too dissimilar from what we went through with [manager Rick Renteria] a couple weeks ago in Cleveland,” Hahn said. “Ricky actually had symptoms, which was the reason he was isolated for a couple of days.

“Fortunately, Adam does not have any COVID symptoms. However, there is a chance, given that we believe he has come in contact with someone, not associated with Major League Baseball, that he needs to be isolated from the group for the time being.”

Hahn does not believe there is cause for concern regarding Engel’s situation possibly affecting others on the team.

“Major League Baseball was obviously involved, as were our doctors,” Hahn said. “The experts have all determined that there is fortunately no additional risk to anyone associated with the club at this time.”

The next 48 hours will probably dictate how long of an isolation period will be necessary for Engel.

“We're going to continue with MLB and the doctors and go through the requisite testing protocols, and how he comes through that will dictate when he returns,” Hahn said. “It could be short. I hope it's short, obviously. That'd be good news for everyone involved. But it may take a while. We don't have an answer to that yet.”

“It affects us in that we had an idea of probably using him today, but that obviously goes on the back burner,” Renteria added. “Hopefully, this is very, very short-lived and we see him soon.”

Dunning to debut Wednesday?
Dane Dunning, the No. 8 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, looks likely to make his Major League debut Wednesday against the Tigers, though Hahn stopped short of announcing it Monday.

“We'll probably have a pretty good pitching matchup going on here Wednesday night between some young guys,” Hahn said. “We are certainly having conversations about one of our good young arms like Dane Dunning coming to make that start.”

Dunning, who had Tommy John surgery in March 2019, was a 2016 first-round Draft pick by the Nationals, but he was traded to the White Sox as part of the Adam Eaton deal. Casey Mize, who also will make his Major League debut for the Tigers on Wednesday, was selected first overall in the ‘18 Draft. Mize attended Auburn University and Dunning pitched for the University of Florida.

Third to first
Reynaldo López is still expected to be back with the White Sox pitching staff by the end of August, according to Hahn. López continues to test his right shoulder soreness with his throwing program in Schaumburg.

Carlos Rodón’s left shoulder soreness is a half-click behind Lopez. He threw a sideline Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field, with Hahn adding Rodón’s return could drift into the start of September. Left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer (left biceps strain) has no official timetable as the White Sox continue calming down the injury.

• Second baseman Nick Madrigal (left shoulder separation) has resumed virtually all baseball activity. He will be joining Schaumburg soon as part of his rehab, with a targeted return remaining at the end of the month.

He said it
“We are a work-in-progress, and we know that. We know this year was always going to be about taking that next step to putting ourselves in the best long-term position. Doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have high expectations for this season. Doesn’t mean we won’t be able to meet the high expectations for this season. But we wanted to see this team progress, becoming a championship-caliber team. We’ve shown flashes of that.” -- Hahn, on the 2020 White Sox

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.