GLENDALE, Ariz. — Gordon Beckham won’t perform any baseball activities for at least the next seven days.
The White Sox announced Saturday their second baseman would be sidelined for a week after he suffered a left oblique strain in the batting cage after Friday’s game. With opening day 16 days away, Beckham is optimistic he has enough time to get healthy and ready.
But knowing how serious and hard to pinpoint oblique injuries are, the White Sox plan to exercise caution with Beckham. They also know they won’t have a real grasp on whether Beckham playing on opening day is in jeopardy until next week.
“Right now we're just going to look at the seven days,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “(Trainer Herm Schneider) wants to shut him down for that long just to make sure before we test it again. But those are always tricky and you don't want those to linger around, either. … You'll find out more after seven days with opening day.”
Beckham said he went to the batting cages after Friday’s game to get in more work. When he felt a pinch in his left side he knew to immediately stop his session and head for the training room.
“It was pretty obvious,” Beckham said. “I could tell once I took the swing, something was wrong.”
Beckham has never had an oblique injury before but has dealt with “tweaks” in the past. He believes he currently has a mild oblique strain. While he’s upset by the timing, Beckham is confident he’ll heal quickly. He spoke to White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom, who also has been sidelined by an oblique injury and thinks seven days will be adequate. He also thinks he has a pretty good body of work behind him this spring with 31 plate appearances.
“It’s frustrating,” Beckham said. “It is what it is, but we’ve got enough time here. Right now I think we’re taking seven full days just to let it heal, so it should be fine. If we’re giving it that kind of rest, it’s going to be fine for opening day, etc. It will be a little sped up for what I’m used to, but that’s OK.”
Both Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn have said Marcus Semien, Leury Garcia and Micah Johnson would see playing time in Beckham’s absence. Hahn said the White Sox won’t try to rush Beckham — who has been the focus of several trade rumors since the start of the offseason — back before he’s ready.
“We will reevaluate in a week and see where we are at and come up with a time frame then,” Hahn said. “It’s obviously not the kind of injury you want to linger or force back too quickly. We are going to be cautious. We are in a position right now where we do have a little bit of depth.”