AKLAND, Calif. -- Robin Ventura has laid out the welcome mat for second baseman Gordon Beckham.
Beckham, who is rehabbing a sore left wrist at Triple-A Charlotte, is ready from a baseball standpoint, Ventura said. But more important is that Beckham has to feel he can handle the day-in, day-out rigors and have confidence in the wrist. Beckham had a broken hamate bone removed in an April 16 surgery and progressed well until he experienced soreness and was sidelined a week. Beckham is 4-for-10 with a double, two runs and two RBIs since he returned to Charlotte’s lineup on Thursday.
Ventura thinks Beckham will be back “in a week, if not sooner.”
“He’s kind of in charge of when he’s ready to come off,” Ventura said. “He’s not going to hurt it, damage or jeopardize. His first thing was the initial reaction to being sore. We will welcome him any time. … It’s different up here. I have let him know we’re ready for him when he’s ready. He’ll talk to Rick (Hahn), but you don’t want him coming back unless he’s 100 percent.”
Draft day memories
Ventura was informed Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the White Sox selection of him in the amateur draft. The White Sox used the 10th overall pick of the 1988 draft to select Ventura out of Oklahoma State. Because he played for Team USA that summer, Ventura didn’t immediately sign with the White Sox.
His biggest memory from the entire process actually occurred after he made his first trip to Comiskey Park in November 1988.
“Back then there was no Internet so somebody had to get a hold of you, which always wasn’t so easy in Stillwater, Okla.,” Ventura said. “I think I found out in the afternoon at some point. I was from California and didn’t know anything about the White Sox. … It ended up being good. I’m glad it happened. But back then you get a ‘Hey, by the way.’ There was no fanfare or anything like that. I do remember the first time I ever went to Comiskey was the same day Coach Ditka had a heart attack. Everybody peeled off to go get the update on Ditka.”
White Sox starter Chris Sale said late Friday he felt good after a bullpen earlier in the day. Sale is set to start Sunday’s series finale against the Oakland A’s. After he missed a previous start with mild tendonitis in his left shoulder, Sale returned to the rotation on Tuesday only to have his outing cut short by rain. Sale allowed two earned runs over three innings in a 39-pitch effort. The A’s will oppose Sale with Jarrod Parker on Sunday.