GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox outfielder Adam Engel strained his right hamstring making a running catch and throw to home plate in the team’s 6-2 Cactus League victory over the Indians Saturday at Camelback Ranch. Engel will be further evaluated Sunday.
Engel charged in to catch Bradley Zimmer’s short fly to center field in the eighth inning and appeared to hurt the leg throwing home on the run.
The team’s fourth outfielder and a Gold Glove finalist in 2018, Engel leads the Sox with three Cactus League homers including two in his previous two games.
Engel walked off the field under his own power but with a slight limp. He had entered the game as a substitution for Luis Robert. Opening Day is 12 days away.
Cease: scoreless but choppy
Dylan Cease worked 3 2⁄3 scoreless innings, posting is second scoreless outing, but he walked three batters and hit two. He needed 73 pitches (45 strikes) to get through it.
Cease was unhappy with the walks but “it wasn’t like I was shooting the ball over the place,” he said.
“I thought I threw some good changeups and the fastball for the most part was solid,” he said. “And then toward the end I was pretty locked in with my slider. A couple bad mistakes kind of made it look a little worse than I think it was.”
A two-out walk to Jose Abreu by Paul Quantrill was followed with four straight hits producing four runs in the first inning — a Yoan Moncada single, Eloy Jimenez double, Yasmani Grandal single and Zack Collins double.
Moncada also hit his fourth double and has reached base in 12 straight games. Grandal, often catching on one knee as he works his way back from an injury in February, caught five innings in his second game in three days behind the plate. Jimenez also made a sliding catch in left field.
Luis Robert struck out three times and was on the wrong side of six hit-by-pitches in the game, taking one near the hand. The Sox are 6-10-4.
Sox at Diamondbacks, 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Scottsdale, Carlos Rodon vs. Madison Bumgarner.