Hamilton is dealing with a right oblique strain. He left Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit after the fourth inning.
“Pulled it a little bit, so he’ll be out of action for a while,” manager Tony La Russa said.
The 30-year-old Hamilton is batting .217 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 36 games. He also has five steals in five attempts in his first season with the White Sox.
Engel strained his right hamstring during spring training, and then experienced some trouble during the rehab process. He played in seven games with Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment, going 8-for-28 (.286) with a homer and three RBIs.
“As far as being on the field, I feel about as 100 percent as I can be,” Engel said. “I don’t think that my hamstring, from a strength standpoint, I’m not going to be maxing a leg curl in the next couple weeks, but I’m able to run full speed and do everything I need to do on a baseball field, so I’m excited to play.”
Engel was in the starting lineup Sunday against Detroit, playing center field and batting eighth. La Russa said the team plans to be cautious with him.
“We’re glad to get him back,” La Russa said. “He’s got a lot of value, he can do a lot of things for us.”