De Aza day to day; Beckham gets day off

De Aza day to day; Beckham gets day off

CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza departed Monday's rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Rangers in the seventh inning after fouling a pitch off his left knee. De Aza wanted to play Tuesday against Texas right-hander Colby Lewis but still felt soreness running.

"I went out there and tested it and it was bothering me for a little bit," said De Aza, who is hitting .234 in his last 13 games after hitting .355 in his previous 34. "I think by tomorrow I'll be on the field."

Hitting the ball off the back leg for a left-hander is a bit rare. But De Aza said that when pitchers are coming at him with sinkers and cutters, it happens.

Gordon Beckham received a mental health day from manager Robin Ventura, with Leury Garcia taking over at second base. Ventura figured it was a good chance for Beckham, hitting .151 over his last 44 games, to work on his swing without the game pressure.

"You see sometimes he's hit it hard and not really gotten anything out of it," said Ventura of Beckham, who will be back in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. "A day will be good to recharge, do what you need to do."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.