Despite struggles at plate, Adam Engel maintains spot in White Sox lineup

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White Sox center fielder Adam Engel has dazzled with his glove but has struggled at the plate. Engel will get a chance

always envisioned a time when he would be an everyday player in the major leagues.

That time is now for the White Sox center fielder.

Since his recall from Triple-A Charlotte on June 20, Engel has been a mainstay in the lineup. He appeared in 22 of 24 games in July, 26 of 29 games in August and thus far in all 11 September games, including an 11-3 victory over the on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

"Every player in the minor leagues from rookie ball all the way up to Triple A imagines themselves being an everyday player in the big leagues," Engel said. "That's what you're working for. If you don't believe that can happen, a lot of guys would hang them up."

Engel, 25, has dazzled with his glove but has struggled at the plate, though he had a big night Monday with three hits, including a three-run homer. He's batting .185 with six home runs and 18 RBIs.

"If you play good defense and you work to make sure that's a constant, then offensively you try to contribute in any way you can," Engel said.

So far, he has hit enough to keep him in the lineup, though manager said Monday that Engel will get a chance to sit and regroup soon.

"We're still giving him the at-bats, (but) there is some point here in the next couple of days where he's going to get a day off ... just to take a breath," Renteria said. "He's been grinding for us every single day almost since he got here. Like any player, he needs to be able to sit on the bench and watch a game and relax a little bit and see if that alleviates some of the stress that goes with him trying to develop as a hitter."

Dylan time: With Carlos Rodon shut down for the rest of the season because of inflammation in his left shoulder, the Sox have a hole in their rotation. The first opportunity to fill it goes to rookie right-hander , scheduled to start Tuesday against the Royals. It will be Covey's first start since May 23.

"My mindset is to eat up as many innings as I can with as few pitches as I can," Covey said. "I'm not exactly built up to where I was early in the year, but I'm going to give it my best shot and try to go as deep in the game as I can."

Covey should get his opportunity down the stretch to showcase his skills for a possible role next season.

"Everyone is kind of auditioning for next year," he said. "The coaching staff has told us we're earning our spots."

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