Second baseman Gordon Beckham was officially reinstated from the DL Monday afternoon. With Beckham rejoining the team, the White Sox were forced to designate infielder Tyler Greene for assignment.
Beckham, who was placed on the DL back on April 12 due to a hamate fracture in his left hand, will certainly be welcomed back with open arms. The 26-year-old infielder was hitting .316 before sustaining his injury, and during his eight rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte, Beckham hit .333, including five RBI and seven runs scored. With their offense struggling, the Sox can use all the help they can get.
The inconsistent Chicago defense will also be greatly upgraded with Beckham’s return. The former shortstop has become one of the top second basemen in MLB, and his glove should improve a defense that currently sits last in the American League.
With Beckham back, the White Sox are finally healthy again. This is certainly a positive thing if you’re a Sox fan, however, it also means that any and all excuses are now invalid.
The Sox find themselves six games below .500 and 5.5 games behind the division-leading Detroit Tigers. Up to this point, many have pointed to their early season injuries when trying to explain their lackluster start to the year. With all nine starters from Opening Day now back, it’s time for the Sox to play like the team that won 85 games a season ago.
Although I don’t believe Beckham will hit over .300 or drive in 80 runs in 2013, I do foresee him giving the Sox an instant boost starting tonight in Seattle. The question will be just how much of an impact will a fully healthy team make on the south side of Chicago?