After a 4-2 start to the season, the Chicago White Sox have now lost two straight and got bad news on Wednesday that star second baseman Gordon Beckham will be out six weeks with a broken wrist. The 2012 Gold Glove candidate was batting .316 through seven games before suffering the injury on a 2-1 pitch against Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday.
The Chi Sox were hoping to put together an improbable title run with a unique combination of aging stars and unproven youngsters this year, but a setback like this certainly isn’t going to help them get out in front of the American League Central early this season. With Beckham out, the White Sox will now look to Jeff Keppinger to keep things rolling in Beckham’s absence. That’s obviously not ideal for a team that was unlikely to make a World Series run this year anyway, but that’s what backup players are for. If Keppinger can keep the wheels from falling off the bus until Beckham can return, Chicago might be all right.
Be sure to check out these great columns on the Beckham situation in Chicago from our MLB section: