Along with being the main subject of trade rumors during the winter and spring for the Sox, Gordon Beckham’s path back to the White Sox starting lineup has taken another hit.
After the Sox tied with Cleveland on Friday, Beckham took some swings in the cage, and then felt a pain on his left side after a swing. Beckham went to get treatment and was later diagnosed with a left oblique strain that will keep him out the next week. The organization, along with Beckham himself, don’t believe the strain is too serious. He spoke on the oblique strain over the weekend.
“It’s going to be how he feels in eight to 10 days and then we’ll reevaluate where we are at. At this point, just shutting him down is the most conservative route and the best one to getting him back to 100 percent.” – White Sox GM Rick Hahn, WhiteSox.com/MLB.com
In Beckham’s place, Marcus Seimen and Micah Johnson have filled the hole at second base quite nicely. Seimen went 2-for-3 on Sunday against the Texas Rangers and Micah Johnson made one of the better catches of the entire spring last Monday afternoon.
Beckham has had some early struggles, (5-for-30 in his Spring Training plate appearances), along with an injury-filled 2013 that saw him miss quite a bit of action. As tough as staying healthy has been for Beckham, he’s still played in 638 of a possible 819 games in five seasons in Chicago, along with building a reputation as one of the best defensive second basemen in the American League. Beckham is arbitration-eligible in 2015 and becomes a free agent in 2016.