KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gordon Beckham’s rehab assignment is under way, but don’t expect to see him with the White Sox until next week at the earliest.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he got a good report as Beckham went 0-for-3 in an appearance at Double-A Birmingham on Thursday, but wants to make sure the second baseman if healthy before he returns.
Beckham could come off the 15-day disabled list from a left oblique strain injury as soon as Saturday. But Ventura thinks the White Sox probably won’t try to have Beckham back until they return home next Thursday.
“I don’t expect to see Gordon until we’re back off this road,” Ventura said. “Those obliques are tricky and we have to make 100 percent sure he’s ready to go and it’s not going to creep back up. I know he batted (Thursday) and said he felt fine but I wouldn’t expect him until after our road trip at the earliest.”
Start for Nieto?
Rule 5 catcher Adrian Nieto could make his first major league start on Saturday, Ventura said. Nieto has already played three innings and scored a run in a 0-for-1 appearance in Wednesday’s 11-inning victory.
Starter Tyler Flowers is in the lineup for the fourth straight game on Friday.
“He’ll get one here at some point,” Ventura said. “It might even be tomorrow. Probably tomorrow unless something crazy happens today.”
— Alejandro De Aza is the first player in the 114-year history of the franchise to have hit three home runs in the team’s first three games. De Aza became the fourth player in franchise history to hit two Opening Day homers.
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— Reliever Jacob Petricka didn’t stick around for Triple-A Charlotte’s season-opener at Norfolk on Thursday. The right-hander got word he had been promoted in Nate Jones’ stead after batting practice and had just enough time to go to the team hotel, pack and head to the airport. He arrived in Kansas City around 12:30 a.m. Friday.
— Colorado’s starters for a three-game series starting in Denver on Monday are as follows: Jordan Lyles, Franklin Morales and Juan Nicascio. Felipe Paulino, Jose Quintana and Friday’s starter, Erik Johnson, will pitch for the White Sox in the series that concludes on Wednesday afternoon.