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DL a possibility for ailing Gordon Beckham, but team has backup options

Updated: April 10, 2013 11:59PM

WASHINGTON — Jeff Keppinger played second base and Conor Gillaspie third for the White Sox on Wednesday, a look that will become familiar against right-handed pitchers for the near future.

And perhaps for a while longer, unless second baseman Gordon Beckham can avoid going on the disabled list.

One day after he suffered nerve irritation from swinging at a pitch, Beckham had his left wrist wrapped heavily in ice. He can’t swing a bat and won’t pick one up till Friday.

“It feels better since I woke up, but I think tomorrow will be the big test,’’ said Beckham, who is taking anti-inflammatories and receiving treatment. “If I wake up and it feels better I think it’ll be fine.’’

If not, an MRI will likely be done Thursday and Beckham will possibly land on the disabled list.

“You kind of prepare for it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “But you hope it doesn’t happen.’’

Should Beckham be forced to the DL, Steve Tolleson could be brought up from Class AAA Charlotte. Tolleson, 29, signed as a non-roster invitee to spring training in November, has played in 120 major-league games. The Sox also have backup infielder Angel Sanchez.

“I don’t know; that’s up to them,’’ Beckham said of a possible DL trip. “Depending on how it goes the next couple of days we’ll know a lot about whether or not it’s going to be a five-day thing or longer.

“I’d like to be back on the field as soon as possible. But I don’t want to rush this and make it a worse thing for the entire season.’’

Beckham had a good spring and was 6-for-19 over the first seven games. He tried to be optimistic.

“It’s a little frustrating, but it’s a minor setback as of right now and I expect to be back out there in a couple of days,’’ he said.

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