Gordon Beckham returns, says wrist is better
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com July 26, 2013 11:18PM
The Royals’ Jarrod Dyson steals second base in the ninth inning Friday as the throw goes wide to the returning Gordon Beckham. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Updated: August 28, 2013 6:19AM
Gordon Beckham returned to the White Sox’ lineup Friday after missing five games with soreness in his left wrist.
‘‘There’s still some soreness but no pain, so it’s go time,’’ he said before the Sox hosted the Kansas City Royals. ‘‘It’s not getting worse.’’
Beckham said he was ‘‘close to healthy’’ and good enough to resume playing. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Sox’ 5-1 loss.
‘‘I feel a lot better than I did last weekend, so we’ll go from there,’’ he said.
Manager Robin Ventura said Beckham was getting ‘‘restless on the bench.’’ He missed most of April and May when he required surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. The latest wrist problem was caused by a swing during batting practice and was not related to the surgery.
Ventura said it was important that Beckham felt comfortable defensively as well as swinging.
Waiting for August
Teams still can make trades in August, but the non-waiver deadline of July 31 is baseball’s most significant. And it’s the one that has players on edge now.
‘‘There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s probably not true, but that’s what makes this time tough,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘Any time a guy’s name is put in there, these guys are thinking and talking that stuff to each other, and having been through it, it’s not easy.
‘‘I think regardless if we do trade a few guys or if we don’t trade a few guys, it’s going to be better Aug. 1 just because it’s going to be past. It’s kind of distraction more than anything, but you’ve got to still be able to find a way to play and to concentrate and to focus.’’
Class AAA Charlotte pitcher Andre Rienzo threw a seven-inning no-hitter Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader against Indianapolis. Rienzo had a career-high 11 strikeouts.
Rienzo played for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic. Ventura watched him pitch in the spring shortly before he left.
‘‘He didn’t have that good of a game when I saw him, but he was leaving to go to Japan at that time to pitch for Brazil, so I don’t think I saw him at his best,’’ Ventura said.
‘‘You see that sharp curveball and some command and a pretty high-energy guy. He’s probably gotten to a point where he’s improved from where he was in spring training.’’
Rienzo is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA and two complete games in his last four starts.