Beckham to miss a few games

Beckham to miss a few games

July 21, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Alex Ruppenthal

Gordon Beckham was out of the lineup Sunday, and after the game, he revealed that he re-injured his surgically-repaired left wrist Friday getting ready for batting practice before the Sox first game of the second half.

“Just took a couple of swings and put the weight on the bat and just took kind of an awkward swing, I guess, and felt something on the back of my hand,” Beckham said.

He played Friday and Saturday with the wrist taped but knew something wasn’t right, so he had it examined by a team doctor Saturdaynight.

“He essentially said the ligament came off the bone, and I know that sounds bad. But it apparently is just a strain,” Beckham said. “It’s just like if you strained or sprained an ankle or something like that. It will take a little bit of time but hopefully not too long.”

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Beckham said the injury doesn’t have anything to do with the surgery, but doctors told him it will hurt for a while.

“There’s not really anything you can do,” Beckham said.

He said it would be at least a couple days before he can return.

“It’s not that there’s no reason to rush it,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that I’m hurting the team if I can’t swing the bat the way I want to, so it was definitely starting to bother me a little bit. I wasn’t able to make good swings so if you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be on the field.”

[MORE: Konerko returns to Chicago, likely to split DH duties.]

Morel optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, making way for Konerko

The Sox optioned third baseman Brent Morel to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday’s game, likely to free up a spot for Paul Konerko, who returned to Chicago Sunday after a three-game rehab stint at Double-A Birmingham for a sore back.

The Sox haven’t officially activated Konerko but are expected to Monday.