CHICAGO -- White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham turned a few heads by hitting line drives while swinging left-handed during early batting practice on Tuesday. But Beckham has no plans to employ a switch-hitting plan he once followed long ago.
"Yeah, I looked down at [Cubs outfielder] Marlon Byrd and I said, 'Maybe I should just keep switch-hitting. I can do that better apparently,'" said a smiling Beckham. "I mean, not yet.
"I've been down that road -- not in professional baseball. No, I don't think I'll do that. I was just messing around before the real BP started."
Beckham finished 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Cubs, marking his return to the starting lineup after a three-game mental health break imposed by manager Ozzie Guillen. He was swinging from the right side in an attempt to improve his .230 average, to go with six home runs and 21 RBIs.