Five weeks after he had surgery to repair his broken hamate bone, Gordon Beckham has had a setback in his accelerated recovery.
The White Sox second baseman is experiencing soreness in his left wrist and will rest until Wednesday, general manager Rick Hahn said.
Beckham -- who is 7-for-22 with two RBIs in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte -- had surgery on his hamate bone on April 16.
“(The soreness is) not at the sight of the incision,” Hahn said. “Instead, it’s probably just fairly regular ramp-up soreness that we’ve decided to take a slightly conservative route with. Put some medicine to knock out the soreness and ramp him back up the middle of next week."
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Hamate bone injuries normally take six-to-eight weeks from which to recover. So even if Beckham needed another 10 days to return to the White Sox he’d still be on par with most hamate bone rehabs.
Hahn said nothing about the soreness is uncharacteristic.
“The ligaments have to heal and get used to their new configuration in there without the specific hamate bone in there,” Hahn said. “It’s something that happens. It’s nothing to be alarmed about.”
Sale wants to pitch Tuesday
Chris Sale won’t definitively say he’s going to start Tuesday because he knows the White Sox have the final say. But the left-hander is encouraged by the way he felt Friday when he performed his normal shoulder program.
Sale felt so good he asked trainer Herm Schneider if he could play catch and was denied. If Sale progresses again, he expects to at least play catch on Saturday and potentially head to the bullpen.
Sale, who had his Wednesday start skipped, is listed as Tuesday’s starter opposite the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson.
“In my mind I’m going for sure but I don’t know what they have,” Sale said. “That’s the target, that’s what we’re shooting for but just like anything else it’s out of my hands. … I want to pitch. I’m gonna pitch on Tuesday. I think that’s kind of set in stone. I want to pitch on Tuesday and I’ll leave it at that.”
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White Sox manager Robin Ventura said it’s not a necessity for Sale to throw a bullpen session. He’s also not opposed to giving the left-hander extra rest if he needs it but Ventura currently has Sale penciled in as his Tuesday starter.
“If it’s something that he needs more rest then you give him more rest,” Ventura said. “I don’t necessarily want him to throw just to find out how it feels. He’ll know pretty much right away when he’s warming up. I don’t necessarily think he has to go throw a full bullpen.”