"It's not that there's no reason to rush it," said Beckham following his team's series win to start the second half. "The fact of the matter is that I'm hurting the team if I can't swing the bat the way I want to, so it was definitely starting to bother me a little bit. I wasn't able to make good swings, so if you can't do that, you shouldn't be on the field.
"I played with it taped up the last two days and felt OK, but it just wasn't right. And the doctor looked at it after the game [Saturday] night. He essentially said the ligament came off the bone and I know that sounds bad.
"But it apparently is just a strain," Beckham said. "It's just like if you strained or sprained an ankle or something like that. It will take a little bit of time, but hopefully not too long. I don't think it will take too long."
That time frame was listed as "at least a couple of days" by Beckham, who added the injury had nothing to do with the surgery to remove a fractured hamate bone in his left hand costing him from April 12 to June 3.
"The doctor said it could take a while and that it's going to hurt for a while," said Beckham, who felt the pain in the back of his hand after taking an awkward swing Friday. "There's not really anything you can do. You can't take a shot right now."
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