White Sox notes: Beckham could return Friday

White Sox notes: Beckham could return Friday
July 25, 2013, 1:30 pm

Gordon Beckham is out for a fifth straight game on Thursday but that streak should end shortly.

The White Sox second baseman, sidelined since Sunday with a strained left wrist, took grounders on Thursday morning, a day after he hit soft toss in the cages.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes Beckham, who has a .325/.347/.428 slash line with two homers and 13 RBIs in 177 plate appearances this season, could return for Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

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Ventura thought hard about playing Beckham on Thursday but backed off to make sure he’s healthy.

“He has progressed where you can kind of see him playing in the next couple of days,” Ventura said. “I’d love to (play him). He would like to play, too. But it’s making sure he’s healthy. I don’t want to put him out there, not forcing him to be out there but not if he’s not completely ready to be out there.”

Can’t get here soon enough

The White Sox have committed eight errors in the first three games of their series with the Detroit Tigers. The team is only one error away from matching last season’s total of 70 and there are 64 games to be played.

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Ventura said after Wednesday’s loss to the Tigers he believes his team’s sloppy play is related to players being distracted by trade rumors. He called those rumors the “elephant in the room” and said he would be happy when the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline has passed.

“It’s something that obviously everybody has kind of in the back of their mind,” closer Addison Reed said. “It can affect people differently. I go out there and play the same way if I didn’t hear my name. But you can tell everybody knows there’s only five, six days left. Everybody knows something’s probably going to happen but they’re not sure who it’s going to be or when it’s going to be.”

Been a long time

With a loss Thursday the White Sox would drop 21 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2007. The White Sox haven’t been swept by Detroit in a four-game series since Aug. 18-21, 1988. The last four-game sweep in Chicago was in June 1980.

“It’s tough but you have to stay pointed in the right direction, stay focused and do what you need to do to try to win games,” Ventura said. “Sometimes it’s harder than other times to do that and right now it’s once of those with all the speculation going on with guys inside in the locker room it becomes different this time of year. Whether we trade somebody or will have the same exact team it will be different Aug. 1 because that time goes by. Having been through it as a player, whether you want to believe it or not it’s a tougher time of year to focus on baseball stuff.”