Beckham day-to-day after scratched start

Beckham day-to-day after scratched start

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Where his personal baseball health is concerned, Gordon Beckham clearly has learned from a past mistake.

Beckham was taking grounders prior to Friday's contest between the White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks at Tucson Electric Park when he felt tightness in his left side. He had the same sort of issue, only on his right side, as a result of a swing during the 2009 season, but Beckham chose to play through the pain.

The decision on Friday was to err on the side of caution, so Beckham was scratched from the starting lineup and immediately listed as day-to-day.

"It's tight, sore. I don't feel like, it doesn't really hurt," said Beckham, sitting in the visitor's clubhouse after batting practice. "It's more like when I stretch it, it's pretty sore.

"I would rather be cautious about it because we have some time now rather than try to play and hurt it worse. That's what I did last year. I went out and let it get worse and hurt it worse."

A stretch of 81 consecutive games played by Beckham and 65 straight starts came to an end on Sept. 6, when he was sidelined by a right oblique strain. Beckham was out of action through Sept. 9, but doesn't feel Friday's issue is similar to the 2009 problem.

Along with it being on the opposite side, Beckham feels the tightness in a different area.

"This is lower," Beckham said. "The good thing is I don't think it's an oblique. Hopefully, it's just a strain."

"When he was swinging, he was pretty good. Then, he started moving around and he felt it a little bit," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "His side is a little tight. He felt it a little bit and decided to shut it down and is working with [White Sox athletic trainer] Hermie [Schneider]. Good thing we have both trainers here. I don't think it's a big deal, but I don't want to make it bigger. We'll see how he feels [Saturday]."

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Friday's setback adds to the list of nagging but certainly not serious injuries for the White Sox this spring. That list includes Alex Rios' right shoulder and left quadriceps, Bobby Jenks' right calf, Mark Teahen's right elbow, Ramon Castro's right knee, J.J. Putz working his way back from right elbow surgery that prematurely ended his 2009 season and previously Beckham's right shoulder.

But Guillen doesn't expect any of these injuries to affect Opening Day roster decisions.

"Everyone should be ready for Opening Day," Guillen said. "The question mark was Bobby, and Bobby's last two outings were fine, and he told me he was fine. He told me he feels very well.

"J.J. came from injuries in the past. He is fine. Teahen is fine. Everyone came from injuries in the past and cramps that you're going to deal with in Spring Training -- guys coming from surgery the year before. Freddy [Garcia] and J.J. came out from a rough year and they're pretty good right now. You have to care about it and be careful and monitor it good, and everyone is fine.

"One thing about getting here, you want everybody to be healthy and everyone works hard enough to keep everyone in good shape," Guillen said. "I think the way we handled the players in Spring Training is very reasonable about how everyone goes about their business. They play a couple times. We take care of the players pretty well about that particular thing. You stay healthy, we got a better chance to win games."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.