Beckham progresses but return is uncertain

Beckham progresses but return is uncertain
April 10, 2013, 5:30 pm
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Although he made some progress Wednesday with his injured wrist, Gordon Beckham knows he has a long way to go.

The White Sox second baseman said his sore left wrist has shown some signs of improvement after treatment but has much to prove before he can return to the field.

Beckham injured his wrist in the second inning Tuesday when he fouled off a pitch. He hopes to return quickly, but Beckham won’t even pick up a bat until the team arrives in Cleveland on Friday.

“It didn’t feel much better (Wednesday morning),” Beckham said. “Obviously we’re taking anti-inflammatories and doing a lot of work in there. It feels better since I woke up, but I think tomorrow will be the big test. … Hopefully tomorrow it’ll be that much better and then best-case scenario is probably Friday, I hope, but I don’t know how it’s going to respond.”

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Even though an X-ray taken Tuesday showed no structural damage or broken bones, the White Sox still don’t know the extent of the injury because of inflammation. Beckham hasn’t had an MRI performed yet but might were he to wake up in pain again on Thursday.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Beckham hasn’t recovered enough yet to rule out a trip to the disabled list.

“You have to prepare for it,” Ventura said. “If it’s heading that direction, you kind of prepare for it. But you hope it doesn’t happen.”

Beckham -- who is 6-for-19 with an RBI this season -- would love to be back in the lineup within several days. But he also realizes he has no true read on how he’ll feel. He also agrees he and the team need to take their time and not rush his return.

“Depending on how it goes the next couple of days we’ll know a lot about whether or not it’s going to be a five-day thing or longer. … As much as I want to get back out there, (taking time is) the smarter play and that’s probably what we’ll end up doing is be a little bit more cautious than we would be at the end of the season.”