Sore Beckham taking time off
Two weeks ago, injured second baseman Gordon Beckham confidently predicted he’d return from a fractured left hamate bone tonight against the Miami Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field.
It looked like a realistic target date, but after playing his fifth rehab game for Class AAA Charlotte Thursday night, Beckham had to call White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.
“He actually sent me a text prior to the game last night saying how well he felt, that he thought he was getting close to ready,” Hahn said at the Cell Friday afternoon. “I said, ‘Let's talk again after you play.’ He called me after his game in Rochester last night and said, 'You know, the pain is still there. It's not going away. Is there a way we can try to knock this out?' (Trainer) Herm (Schneider) and I spoke, and they spoke to a surgeon and came up with this new protocol.”
Beckham was given some pain medication, and Hahn said he won’t play again until Wednesday at the earliest. He’ll stay with Charlotte upon return, so Beckham is at least another week away from rejoining the Sox.
Beckham broke his hamate bone in an April 9 game at Washington, so he’s been out for an extended period of time.
“I don't want to use the word setback simply because initially when you have this type of surgery, the general timeline is at least six weeks from the surgical date, which is next Tuesday,” Hahn said. “There was some scuttlebutt that he could be back as soon as this weekend, but that would have been ahead of schedule. So we are still kind of on that original time frame. We are just not maintaining the ahead of schedule pace he was on. We have him back out there next week, and we are sort of erring on the side of caution here, and let the pain cycle get broken first before he plays again.”