Second baseman Gordon Beckman underwent an MRI today on his left wrist, and the news is not good. The MRI revealed a fractured hamate bone in Beckham’s left wrist. He will undergo surgery sometime next week and be out 6-8 weeks.
This is a huge blow for both Beckham and the White Sox. Beckham was coming off of a nice spring and was off to a good start this season. Entering his fifth season, and at age 26, the 2013 season was thought be very important for Beckham’s career. If he was ever going to turn into the player he was projected to be after being a first round draft pick in 2008, then this was supposed to be the year. With surgery set for next week, Beckham will need at least six weeks after the procedure to fully recover. Add in a week or two for a minor league rehab assignment, and Beckham won’t be back in the majors until the first or second week of June. Beckham will have almost four months left in the season to make an impact, but this will certainly make things more difficult. Hopefully, Beckham will be able to make a full recovery and be productive over the final four months of the season.
The White Sox will now move Jeff Keppinger over to second base, with Conor Gillaspie expected to see the bulk of the playing time at third base. With Beckham heading to the DL, a roster move is expected to be made for Friday’s game. The two likely call-ups would be either Brent Morel or Steve Tolleson. Since general manager Rick Hahn has said that Gillaspie will have an opportunity to play every day, I would expect to see Tolleson instead of Morel. Tolleson is better suited to come off the bench, and the White Sox would likely only promote Brent Morel if he was going to play every day.
-The White Sox will send Dylan Axelrod to the mound tonight while trying to avoid being swept by the Washington Nationals.
-Starter John Danks made another start in an extended spring-training game. The lefty threw 70 pitches over six innings of work. Danks’ velocity reportedly topped-out at 89 mph, which was an improvement from his maximum of 87 mph during his previous outing. The White Sox would like for Danks’ to add a few more ticks to his fastball before allowing him to join the team. If Danks’ can reach 93-94 mph and consistently sit between 89-92 mph, then he should have enough differential in velocity between his fastball and change-up that is required for him to pitch effectively. Given that, Danks seems to still be a few starts away from reaching that level. At this point, a 2013 debut during April would be optimistic. Barring any setback, look for Danks to join the White Sox rotation in early-May.
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