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MINNEAPOLIS -- The power hasn’t yet returned nor has the soreness fully subsided, but Gordon Beckham continues to produce.
Since he returned to the White Sox on June 3, the second baseman has reached base in 20 of his 56 plate appearances. Beckham doesn’t know when the tenderness that has remained in his left wrist after he had surgery to remove his broken hamate bone will subside.
He hopes it disappears when he has four straight days off at the All-Star break next month. But even so, Beckham feels like what he’s dealing with is tolerable and playable.
“There’s definitely still some soreness and stuff, but for the most part the pain is gone and relatively back to normal besides stuff that happens,” Beckham said. “It’s not anything painful or that would take away from my game. It’s kind of just staying in limbo right now. I’ve got a pad on it now so it’s not too bad. I would probably think it would stay like that, just being sore every once in a while, just until the All-Star break. Once the All-Star break comes you’d think four days off would give it some time to rest, but you never know.”
All three of Beckham’s doubles this season have come since he returned from the DL.
Beckham hasn’t hit a home run to this point. But he knew there would be a delay and expects the power to return at some point.
Even so, Beckham has made himself a weapon by reaching base.
“I feel like I’m competing and getting some hits and that’s the way I’ve got to start because the power and other stuff, that stuff comes with some time,” Beckham said.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes Beckham’s success is predicated on staying with the same plan he designed in the offseason with hitting coach Jeff Manto. Even though Beckham’s body is still getting used to playing every day -- he compared it to the start of spring training -- he has continued having the success he had at the start of the season.
Beckham has a .324 average and a .730 OPS through 21 games this season.
“He has a better approach as far as staying through the middle,” Ventura said. “With the way his hand is, the power and everything else will come with it. But knowing he’s not going to injure himself worse, it’s just more of being able to tolerate how it’s feeling post-surgery and rehab. Again, he’s come into the season with a plan and he’s stuck to it and the results are there.”
Wise injures rib
The hamstring injury that landed Dewayne Wise on the 15-day DL has healed properly, Ventura said. But the outfielder is out for at least several days with a rib injury, and the team is being cautious, Ventura said.
“They’re just monitoring it and hopefully it’ll take three or four days and he can get back in there and start taking (batting practice),” Ventura said. “But you’re always a little nervous when you send a guy out there early with a rib cage because with (Dayan) Viciedo it took a month for him to get back.”
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Peavy returns to action
It's limited work, but White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is ecstatic to do anything at this point. Peavy, who has been on the DL since June 5 with a fractured left rib, used his Twitter account to note he was riding a bike on Wednesday, his first physical action since the injury.
“1st day back getting to be active! Never thought I would be this excited to get to ride a bike!! Need a W 2nite here in Minn!” Peavy said.
-- Ventura hopes to get Alexei Ramirez a day off before the All-Star Game but isn’t sure if it’ll happen. The shortstop has played in all 608 1/ 3 innings this season, the fifth-most in the majors. Ventura said Beckham would play in Ramirez’s stead if he sits.
-- Single-A Kannapolis second baseman Micah Johnson was named the “Star of Stars” on Tuesday at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Johnson went 1-for-2 with two steals and a run scored.