Ren­te­ria leaves Sox to at­tend fu­neral

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com | @CST_­sox­van

White Sox man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria trav­eled to Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day to at­tend the fu­neral of a fam­ily mem­ber, the White Sox said.

Ren­te­ria will re­join the team as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter he clears the nec­es­sary pro­to­col upon his re­turn. Bench coach Joe

McEwing will as­sume Ren­te­ria’s du­ties in his ab­sence.

The Sox are on Day 7 of their sum­mer camp as they pre­pare for a 60-game sea­son cut short by the coronaviru­s. The sea­son be­gins for the Sox on July 24.

McEwing over­saw the team’s first in­trasquad game, a four-in­ning scrim­mage high­lighted by Ed­win En­car­na­cion’s home run to left-cen­ter field against left-han­der

Aaron Bum­mer. Danny Men­dick, who had sin­gled, alertly scored from third while Tim

An­der­son was caught in a lengthy run­down af­ter An­der­son got picked off first.

Eloy Jimenez made a nice over­the-shoul­der catch go­ing back on Luis Basabe’s deep drive to left. Right-han­der

Drew An­der­son pitched two per­fect in­nings with strike­outs of Nick Madri­gal (look­ing), James Mc­Cann and Andrew Vaughn. Ross Detwiler faced the min­i­mum in two in­nings.

2021 sched­ule re­leased

Ma­jor League Base­ball re­leased its 2021 sched­ule, two weeks be­fore the 2020 sea­son is ex­pected to be­gin. The Sox open against the An­gels in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, and host the Roy­als on April 8 in their home opener.

The Crosstown Clas­sic games against the Cubs will be Aug. 6-8 at Wrigley Field and Aug. 27-29 at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

In­ter­league matchups will be the same as this year: Amer­i­can League Cen­tral vs. Na­tional League Cen­tral, pit­ting the Sox against the Cubs, Brew­ers, Pirates, Car­di­nals and Reds. The Sox close at home against the Tigers and the Cubs in St. Louis against the Car­di­nals.

En­car­na­cion de­liv­ers

When des­ig­nated hit­ter En­car­na­cion went into his home-run trot, team­mates from the home dugout shouted at him to show­case his well-known “par­rot” ges­ture, with his right arm el­e­vated like a perch for a bird. It also has been called an “Ed­win.”

He fi­nally gave in af­ter he rounded sec­ond base.

En­car­na­cion, 37, leads the ma­jors with 297 home runs since 2012. He was signed as a free agent in the off­sea­son.

Cishek ‘pretty much ready’

Right-han­der Steve Cishek, like En­car­na­cion a free agent signee in the off­sea­son, pitched 1⅓ in­nings, al­low­ing a run and two sin­gles. He struck out Zack Collins and Leury Gar­cia and is ready to as­sume his usual heavy work­load.

Cishek made 70 ap­pear­ances for the Cubs last sea­son.

“I came in here pretty much ready,” Cishek, 33, said. “I’ve been fac­ing hit­ters twice a week [in Florida]. It’s just a mat­ter of get­ting those reps in.”

Hail­ing a taxi

The Sox’ taxi squad will train at Boomers Sta­dium, home of the Schaum­burg Boomers in the north­west sub­urbs.

The site is not for play­ers on the Sox’ ac­tive ros­ter but for those el­i­gi­ble to be re­called or have their con­tracts pur­chased by the club.

Work­outs and in­trasquad games will be­gin July 15 and run through the end of the sea­son, overseen by coaches and staff from the Sox’ player-de­vel­op­ment depart­ment.

The Sox will re­lease a ros­ter of play­ers sched­uled to be as­signed to Boomers Sta­dium be­fore the start of work­outs.

JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IM­AGES

Des­ig­nated hit­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion runs the bases af­ter hit­ting a solo home run dur­ing an in­trasquad game at Guar­an­teed Rate Field on Thurs­day.

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