It looks as though the return of Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will be a little longer wait than what we first anticipated.
In an article by CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes, he quoted White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who spoke about the “minor setback,” as Beckham was scratched from his rehab start a on Friday. Beckham should be in the Birmingham Barons’ lineup tonight.
Beckham is on the DL with a “a left oblique strain.”
The quote from Ventura on the CSN Chicago site says:
“Nothing serious, but just felt like something was aching him and didn’t want to take a chance on it,” Ventura said. “He knows to be really cautious with it just because if it happens again, it’s going to be worse.”
The article states Beckham could be back with the White Sox on Thursday at the earliest.
This is a big year for Beckham (who is on the DL), plus the White Sox could use the former first-round draft choice in the lineup.
Marcus Semien has been replacing Beckham at second base in his absence.
Not to knock Semien, because he’s done relatively well in his fill-in role for Beckham, but the White Sox need the players they’ve invested the most in to be on the field for them is they want to improve from last year.
Beckham needs to be healthy, and the White Sox don’t need to rush this rehab, because they need to make sure he doesn’t have to go back onto the DL again this season.
Last season Beckham batted .267 with an on-base percentage of .314. In the .267 BA, Beckham had 99 hits, 46 runs and 24 RBIs.
For his MLB career, Beckham has a .249 batting average.
In one game during his rehab Beckham is 0-for-3 with one strikeout.
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