MINNEAPOLIS -- Infielders Gordon Beckham and Angel Sanchez departed for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday morning to begin rehab assignments.
Beckham, on the disabled list since April 10 with a broken left hamate bone, hopes to resume playing on Saturday. A Rule 5 selection in December, Sanchez was placed on the DL on April 14 with a sore back.
Beckham said he’s ready to get back on the field.
“I’m tired of watching games, that’s for sure,” Beckham said. “It’s going to be nice to play. It’s all dictated by my hand and how it feels. Results might be good in batting practice, but if it doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t feel good. I’m ready.”
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White Sox manager Robin Ventura is encouraged to see Beckham close to a return to the field. The club has missed Beckham’s glove at second base, particularly his great range to his left.
“You feel good they’re going back out,” Ventura said. “You kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel for a couple of guys getting healthy.”
Beckham is still only a month removed from his April 16 surgery. He’s unsure how long he will stay out on a rehab assignment but suspects he won’t need an entire month to get ready.
“We’re not going to take another spring training for me to get ready,” Beckham said. “It’s going to be kind of a quick-pace thing and hopefully get a decent amount of at-bats to feel comfortable in the box and that’s all you really want to feel. Results really aren’t important down there. It’s a matter of getting your timing. I’m going to try to see a lot of pitches and get to two-strike counts a lot, just so I can see pitches.”
Konerko returns to lineup
Designated hitter Paul Konerko is back in the White Sox lineup and will hit fifth. Konerko hasn’t appeared in the series yet after he sat out the first two games. Ventura told Konerko he might get two days off because it was a tactic that worked well with him.
-- Jesse Crain extended his scoreless appearance streak to 14 games on Tuesday night with a 1-2-3 inning. Crain has pitched 13 1/3 innings during the streak and has lowered his ERA to 1.00.
-- Dayan Viciedo is 13-for-28 with a homer, six RBIs and five walks in his last nine games played.
-- White Sox starters have a 2.49 ERA in 12 games this month.
-- The team’s current six-game error streak is its longest since April 10-16, 2011.