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Gordon Beckham out 6-8 weeks with fractured hamate bone

Apr 11, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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Gordon Beckham exited Tuesday’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and the White Sox just announced that he has a fractured hamate bone.

Dan Hayes of reports that Beckham will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could knock him out until July.

Beckham has mostly struggled since a strong rookie season in 2009, hitting just .239 with a .664 OPS in his last 439 games, but the White Sox don’t have any great options to replace him at second base. They could shift Jeff Keppinger from third base to second base, but that may not be pretty defensively and would also require giving Conor Gillaspie regular work at third base.

Tyler Greene, who just joined the White Sox on a minor-league deal after being released by the Astros, is currently at Triple-A and could get a call-up. Another option would be recalling Brent Morel, who not so long ago was the regular third baseman in Chicago.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    This is an opportunity for any of those guys you just named to take that starting job for the rest of the season. I don’t see Beckham coming back in to start if any one of them produces well.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Really? Beckham had pretty good average so far….unlike Keppinger whos batting what .150?

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