Sox showing caution with Beckham's injury

Sox showing caution with Beckham's injury

KANSAS CITY -- Gordon Beckham has missed two straight games within his injury rehab start for Double-A Birmingham due to pain when he swings in the area of his strained left oblique.

"I would characterize it as he feels a stabbing pain at times or a tenderness and stiffness when he swings, and we are just not going to push through it," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "Again, we've talked about from Day 1 on obliques, we are always hesitant to put a time frame on injury recovery because things happen, but obliques are even more tricky in that regard.

"You never know until you are back playing every day without restriction on a consistent basis, you can never really say it's behind you. Right now, we are going to err on the side of caution and hopefully get him back out there in the coming days."

Manager Robin Ventura had said on Friday that he didn't expect Beckham back until the White Sox returned home on Thursday to face Cleveland. There really is no timetable now for the second baseman after he was scratched from Friday's start.

"Probably if he was at the Major League level right now, he would try to play through it," Hahn said. "But this isn't the kind of situation we need to or want to accelerate the time table on. We want it to heal completely and then get him back out there. We'll see how it evolves over the coming days."

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