DETROIT — Gordon Beckham is on the way while Charlie Leesman is headed back to Triple-A Charlotte.
In need of a healthy body, the White Sox on Thursday will activate their second baseman, who has been on the disabled list since March 21 with a strained left oblique, manager Robin Ventura said after Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
The White Sox have played with a short bench the past two games with outfielder Adam Eaton nursing his left leg and third baseman Conor Gillaspie out with a sore hand. Eaton, who has missed four games, doesn’t appear to be ready to return but the White Sox don’t want to place him on the DL at this point. Gillaspie could return to the lineup on Thursday.
Beckham is 7-for-43 with a homer and six RBIs in 12 games at Double-A Birmingham. He has played in games in each of the last nine days and showed the White Sox he has passed the worst of it with an oblique strain that he first suffered on March 14.
With Leesman gone, the White Sox now need to find a starter for Sunday’s game. Leesman allowed six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Detroit Tigers.
At that point the White Sox appear as if they’re likely to determine who stays in the big leagues among Marcus Semien, Leury Garcia and Jordan Danks.