TORONTO -- The White Sox have dodged a bullet with second baseman Gordon Beckham, who will miss just a day or two after being struck under the left eye by a relay throw.
The incident happened in the third inning of Friday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, when Alex Rios' relay from center field took a high hop behind second and hit Beckham in the face. Beckham labored on the field momentarily before leaving the game and going to hospital with the team's head athletic trainer, Herm Schneider, for X-rays.
The results of the X-rays were negative, and now the team will just wait for the swelling to go down around Beckham's eye before he can rejoin the lineup.
"I feel fine, other than the bruise. The bruise is the only thing that hurts," Beckham, who is sporting a black eye, said on Saturday. "I can see fine. I think that once the swelling goes down, I'll be back in there. I don't know if that's [Sunday] or Monday."
Beckham continued to receive treatment on Saturday morning in order to relieve some of the swelling that is preventing him from fully opening his injured eye. He said he hopes to take batting practice and maybe even play on Sunday, but Monday might be a more realistic target.
Regardless of when he comes back, Beckham is thankful the injury wasn't worse, considering where the ball hit him.
"It's always good to know that your eye is okay, because that goes beyond baseball, obviously," Beckham said. "You want to be able to see."
There were a number of factors that contributed to the freak accident, one of them being the playing surface in Toronto. Beckham is used to receiving relay throws on the grass at US Cellular field in Chicago, but doesn't have much experience dealing with turf surfaces like the one at Rogers Centre.
The second baseman thought the ball may have caught a seam in the turf that caused it to take a high bounce over his glove.
"It's a combination of the turf and the way that the ball came in," Beckham said. "When you play on grass and dirt the whole time, you think it's going to be a certain spot, and you get on this turf and it bounces a little more."