Sox depth passing test: ‘It takes 40 guys’

CHICAGO — Adam Engel picked up his first hit of the 2021 season, which also happened to be his first home run of the 2021 season, during a 5-2 victory for the White Sox over the Blue Jays Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The center fielder also might have come up with a mantra to guide his American League Central-leading squad for the remainder of what is shaping up as a very special campaign.

“It takes 40 guys to win a World Series, and that’s what this team wants to do,” said Engel during his postgame Zoom. “We take that very seriously, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do since Spring Training.”

Back in the early stages of Spring Training, the White Sox (38-24) probably never envisioned this 40 guys theory to be such a necessity. But while there is no “I” in team, the South Siders have found out far too often there is an “I” in injury.

First, left fielder and Silver Slugger winner Eloy Jiménez was lost before the season began due a ruptured left pectoral tendon. Gold Glove-winning center fielder Luis Robert was knocked out by a right hip flexor tear during a game against Cleveland on May 2, and second baseman Nick Madrigal became the latest unfortunate setback as he was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday with a right hamstring tear sustained Wednesday night.

Even Engel had a great end to…

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