GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The bullpen is still unsettled but the White Sox roster has begun to take shape, as Gordon Beckham appears headed for the disabled list.
Beckham said he had a good workout Wednesday but thinks it’s too late for him to avoid the DL to open the 2014 season.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Beckham would open the season on the DL with Marcus Semien and Leury Garcia both earning their first Opening Day roster spots.
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While disappointed, Beckham is improved and expects to be ready to come off the DL on April 5. He would rather miss a few days now versus an extended period of time. Beckham is no stranger to long stints on the DL after he missed nearly two months in 2013 courtesy of a freak accident of sorts when he suffered a broken hamate bone.
“It’s frustrating but I’d rather miss five games early than miss six weeks,” Beckham said. “I feel like if I rush this that’s a possibility. Robin and Rick have reiterated to me that we can’t have that. We can’t have a two-month period where I’m not playing the game like we did last year. It’s more important for the team and me that I get completely healthy before I come back.”
In his stead the White Sox will start Semien, who made a strong impression during his September callup in 2013. Garcia will also make the club with Jeff Keppinger also headed for the DL, Ventura said.
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Though it won’t be set until Sunday, the White Sox active roster would have been complete had it not been for a Wednesday waiver claim of ex-Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra. Ventura said Tuesday that Adrian Nieto would be the team’s backup catcher and it appeared the team’s seven relievers were also set.
Guerra is out of minor-league options and has to start the season in the majors. It previously appeared as if the White Sox would head to Chicago with seven relievers: Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Ronald Belisario, Maikel Cleto, Scott Downs, Donnie Veal and Daniel Webb.