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Gordon Beckham has no fractures after being hit in face with throw

May 28, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

White Sox' Beckham is helped off the field after he was hit in the face by a ball in their MLB American League baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto

UPDATE: According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Beckham hopes to play Monday against the Red Sox.

11:01 AM: A disappointing start to the season for Gordon Beckham just got worse.

Beckham was hit just below his left eye on a throw from center fielder Alex Rios in the third inning of last night’s game against the Blue Jays.

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Beckham underwent a CT scan and X-rays at a hospital last night, which revealed no fractures.

There’s no immediate timetable for Beckham’s return, but as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the 24-year-old second baseman was fortunate he didn’t suffer a more serious injury.

“It looked like he fought (Manny) Pacquiao,” Guillen said. “He was lucky. It could have been worse.”

Beckham is batting .230/.291/.345 with four home runs and 15 RBI over his first 185 plate appearances this season.

  1. cur68 - May 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    That was a heck of thing. He had that ball all the way. It bounced right in front of him; hitting a seam in the turf. His glove was set for the ball about waist high and it came off the turf like a rocket, right in the eye. He looked like he didn’t even have time to close his eye even. Dropped like he’d been shot.

    I was some worried about him. Glad he’s ok and no damage to the eye or bone. He’ll have a heck of a shiner.

    On the game side of things, the Jays squeaked out a win amid some shaky umping and both managers having words with various of the miscreants thru the game. Jose Molina stole a base, so you can bet this was an odd game. He runs like a full garbage truck trying to beat a light.

    Interestingly enough, two of the worlds skinniest ballplayers, Alexi Ramirez and Juan The Beaver Pierre, sure have some power. Both guys showed some pop off the bat. Not bad for 2 dudes who look like they need a good feed.

  2. Old Gator - May 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    The guy has had no luck at all since he married that overpriced Spice Girl, has he?

    • jimbo1949 - May 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      Yeah, Rios really bent that throw.

    • cur68 - May 29, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      Leave Victoria alone!

  3. CJ - May 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    This is an outrage! There should be rules banning the center fielder from throwing the ball to the infield. He should have to run it in and hand it to the pitcher. Who cares if it allows a run?! 😀

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