Found April 11, 2013 on
Grab Some Bench:
In Tuesday night's game at Washington, Gordon Beckham hit his left wrist on catcher Wilson Ramos' helmet in the follow-through of his swing. While it was first expected that he'd just miss a few days to a week, we've now learned that he has a fractured hamate bone in his wrist and will be out up to or around 6 weeks.
The tough keeps getting tougher for Beckham, who was likely getting his final opportunity in 2013 to break through as a servicable, above average hitter. He was off to a solid early start to the season, hitting .316 through his first 7 games, and he was actually hitting the ball much better than that number indicates.
With his batting stance lowered and crouched more than it has been in the past, Sox coaches were looking for a better approach from Gordon this year, encouraging him to shoot the ball the other way while still giving him free reign to get aggressive and turn on the ball sometimes.
Even though he's only been in the low .230's average-wise the last 2 seasons, his 16 home runs last year were very encouraging, as it seemed the the only part of his offense he needed to improve upon was the consistency.
He's also expected to be a favorite for the second base Gold Glove Award in the American League this season after many thought he should've been the recipient last year.
While we shouldn't throw in the flag on Beckham just yet, as he'll likely be back before June rolls around, we do need to shift our focus to how Robin Ventura will adjust his club going forward.
It seems pretty safe to say that Jeff Keppinger will move over to second base with Conor Gillaspie filling in at third until they either prove themselves or prove insufficient.
Although you never want to consider an injury to be a good thing, it is good at least that we'll get an extended look at Gillaspie, 25, who wants to make a push to be the Sox full-time third baseman going forward. He's also off to a good start to the year, collecting a hit in 5 of his first 12 at bats while playing stellar defense.
It's also nice that he'll add a lefty bat to the order most days, giving the Sox three regular lefties instead of two.
What Comes Next?
It's also been announced that a roster move corresponding with Beckham being placed on the disabled list will be made on Friday, with either Brent Morel or Steve Tolleson expected to get the call-up.
If you ask me, it'd make more sense to have Tolleson be the guy so that Morel can continue to get his consistent reps in AAA, that is unless of course Ventura would rather have Morel start over Gillaspie ... but I think that's somewhat unlikely. A platoon between Gillaspie and Morel could also be an option.
Steve Tolleson is a lifetime .225 hitter (2010 with Oakland, 2012 with Baltimore) in 120 at bats after hitting just .183 last season. If called up, he'd be used pretty sparingly considering Angel Sanchez is already the team's primary utility infielder. But Tolleson's versatility, as he can play in the infield and outfield, is probably what would make him the best choice over guys like Morel in addition to others in AAA like Carlos Sanchez, Jordan Danks, or Jared Mitchell.
Tolleson has had the most success so far in Charlotte so far this April, hitting .320 with one home run and three doubles through 7 games.
Don't Rule Out Greene
There is one more dark horse in the conversation: new acquisition Tyler Greene.
Greene, a former infielder for the Cardinals and Astros may have the most upside of all the options, as his potential has gotten him plenty of attention since his days in the St. Louis organization ... so definitely do not rule him out.
BEST OF MAXIM
Unsure how long he'll be sidelined, Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham wore a thick wrap nearly the size of a football to keep ice on his injured left wrist Wednesday.
Beckham said his wrist did not feel much better when he woke up Wednesday, but it did improve after getting treatment.
He still has not swung a bat since leaving Tuesday night's game in the third...
The Chicago White Sox have placed second baseman Gordon Beckham on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his left wrist and recalled right-hander Deunte Heath from Triple-A Charlotte.
Beckham, who is batting .316 in seven games, will have surgery Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic and is expected to miss approximately six weeks. He was injured during his second-inning at-bat...
White Sox manager Robin Ventura certainly cut the breaks and pulled a wild card on us all by calling up 27 year-old relief pitcher Duente Heath instead of others like Brian Omogrosso, Brent Morel, or Jordan Danks.
First of all, I should apologize to all of you non "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fans who didn't understand the 'wild card' reference...
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRAFFIC
The White Sox-Nationals game was delayed because umpires were stuck in traffic. Or at least that's what they told everyone.
Just some things I wanted to note for you guys from the road trip.
**First game in Washington against the Nationals:
Alejandro De Aza had 2 doubles
Paul Konerko hit a home run
Gordon Beckham has a nerve injury in his wrist and will be a day-to-day issue if he can play or not, More on this when I can find out.
Jake Peavy‘s first walk of the season and the first home run hit...
During the White Sox’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday, play-by-play announcer Hawk Harrelson took it upon himself to rip sabermetrics. That evil, newfangled thing that is ruining the game of baseball. The audio is preserved by MLB Network's MLB Now and the subject of a debate between Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds...
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On a night when Gavin Floyd had great stuff to start with (he had allowed only an Ian Desmond double to this point), Bryce Harper was waiting in the weeds.
What follows in the video is his fourth home run of the season, and 26th of his career. It tied the game at 1-1 in a game the Nationals would eventually win 5-2.
When you look at Harper, he doesn’t look like a guy who has...
In the White Sox 4th consecutive loss, a great pitching performance from Jose Quintana wasn't quite enough, as a 9th inning rally and walk-off single from Nick Swisher got the Indians their 4th win of the season.
Justin Masterson had it going today and you can’t discount that, but some of the plate approaches of these players today had me scratching...
Chicago White Sox (4-5) at Cleveland Indians (3-5)
Series 4, Games 11, 12 and 13
Progressive Field (2012): 0.899, Pitchers park.
In my opinion, the White Sox are the best team in the central division this season. I have taken some heat for declaring this as the Tigers, on paper, seem to be the behemoth of the American League. From top to bottom, the...
The Washington Nationals completed the sweep of our beloved White Sox Thursday night when they defeated the Pale Hose 7-4. The Sox are now 4-5 as they head back to American League play where they'll face the Indians and Blue Jays in two more road series.
AXELROD’S ROUGH OUTING
It wasn’t a good start for Dylan Axelrod, and in all honesty, he’s lucky it...
We have our first basebrawl of the season, and it involved a broken collarbone.
The grounds crew had some work to take care of yesterday.
This is a real fan, right here.
Washington 7, Chicago 4 – The White Sox just got swept by the Expos
St. Louis 2, Minnesota 0 – The Wild have now gone two consecutive games without a goal.