Beckham still waiting on return

Beckham still waiting on return

CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham plans to test his sore right hand during a batting practice session prior to Monday's game in Oakland to see when he will be able to return, or if a return is possible.

"We'll see tomorrow how it feels," Beckham said. "If it feels like it has felt the last couple of weeks tomorrow, then I don't know. We'll make that decision at that point.

"Honestly, it's still sore. When I wake up, I feel it. I don't know if that's a good thing. It's probably not a good thing."

Beckham suffered the injury on Aug. 30 in Cleveland, when he was hit by a pitch on the right hand. He has tried to play through the pain, but has not seen action in the weekend Detroit set and came in as a pinch-runner during the final game against the Twins.

If Ozzie Guillen believes playing Beckham won't help the team in his current state, he's not against keeping the second baseman out of action.

"My job is to put the best guys out there to win," Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, you are going to go bad all year and then give up at-bats and don't help us to win, then it's easy. When Omar [Vizquel] is ready, we put him back at second and I keep playing [Brent] Morel. We are not going to push Gordon to do something he shouldn't be doing. We have to be careful."

"I don't want to sit out the last two weeks," Beckham said. "I want to be able to play and do whatever I can. It is what it is. They said that rest is the only thing that's going to give it help."