CLEVELAND -- Gordon Beckham worried he might have a broken right hand Monday night. And his worst fear was momentarily realized when somebody came out of the X-ray room and told him it was broken. Turns out, the guy was just messing with Beckham. The hand, he quickly reassured Beckham, was only bruised. Pardon Beckham if he didn't appreciate the joke.
"Are you kidding me with that?" Beckham said. "That's rookie league." Losing Beckham would have been a major blow to the White Sox as they head into the home stretch of the season. But the Frank Herrmann fastball that struck him in the hand in the seventh inning of a 10-6 win over the Indians did not appear to have left a major dent. "If it hit an inch more north or south on my wrist, it probably would have broken my knuckle or my wrist," Beckham said. "So I was lucky." Manager Ozzie Guillen said Beckham could be back as soon as Wednesday and should definitely be back in time for Friday's series opener in Fenway Park against the Red Sox. After getting hit by the pitch with two on and two out, Beckham was replaced by pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge, who remained in the game at second. Lillibridge wound up making a costly error in the ninth before hitting the go-ahead homer in the 11th. Beckham was 2-for-3 in four plate appearances Monday and had been hitting .343 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in his previous 43 games coming into the night. "[The hand] does not feel good right now," Beckham said. "You figure maybe a couple days [off]? Maybe? Hopefully not even a couple but just one. But I can't even imagine gripping a bat right now."