The Chicago White Sox haven’t exactly enjoyed their time in our Nation’s capital. The Sox have lost two straight games to the Washington Nationals, and now it has been reported that the South Siders have also lost their starting second baseman, Gordon Beckham, for at least six weeks. An MRI today revealed a fractured hamate bone in Beckham’s left wrist.
This news is extremely shocking considering the Sox were expecting Beckham to be back in the everyday lineup as soon as tomorrow. The 26-year-old second baseman injured his wrist during Tuesday night’s game against Washington. After an x-ray showed no damage, it seemed as if Beckham would only miss the remainder of the series in Washington and would be ready to go once the Sox arrived in Cleveland this weekend.
However, as we know now, Beckham broke his hamate bone and will undergo surgery next week.
With Beckham’s recovery expected to take 6-8 weeks, the Sox will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow. With a few bench players that can play second base already, the Sox aren’t forced to call up another infielder. My guess is outfielder Jordan Danks will join the Pale Hose in Cleveland tomorrow, or maybe another arm will be added to the bullpen.
For Beckham, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Ever since the Sox drafted him, Beckham has had extremely high expectations. Other than an impressive rookie campaign, he hasn’t quite lived up to his hype. However, Beckham seemed ready to finally play up to his ability this year. Hitting .316 and stringing together good at-bat after good at-bat through the first week of the season, I was very optimistic about Beckham having a break out year.
Although this injury doesn’t mean Beckham can’t still produce for Chicago in 2013, it certainly creates a major roadblock. Until Beckham returns, expect Jeff Keppinger to play primarily at second and Conor Gillaspie to get the majority of the starts at third for the Sox.