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Gordon Beckham suffers slight setback in return from surgery

Hector Gimenez singles drive Conor Gillaspie fifth inning. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Hector Gimenez singles to drive in Conor Gillaspie in the fifth inning. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 26, 2013 6:20AM



Gordon Beckham suffered a slight setback in his return from surgery on his hamate bone, experiencing soreness in his left hand after playing for Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday night.

The White Sox decided to keep Beckham off the field until Wednesday. General manager Rick Hahn said the soreness is typical for some players returning from the surgery.

‘‘It’s just fairly regular ramp-up soreness [from increasing activity] that we’ve decided to take a slightly conservative route,’’ Hahn said Friday.

Beckham, who had surgery April 16 to remove the bone tip, was ahead of schedule in what is typically a six-week recovery, Hahn said.

‘‘I don’t want to characterize it as a setback because six weeks from surgery is the usual timeline’’ he said. ‘‘We’re just not maintaining the ahead-of-schedule routine. We’re erring on the side of caution.’’

Beckham contacted Hahn before the game Thursday and said he was feeling well. But afterward he told Hahn he felt discomfort when he swings.

Beckham is hitting .318 (7-for-22) with two RBI and five runs scored in five rehab games with Charlotte. He has started two games at second base and has played two at shortstop.

Set Sale for Tuesday

Pitcher Chris Sale said he felt well after going through a shoulder workout with trainer Herm Schneider and believes he will be ready to start Tuesday against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.

‘‘I think we’re progressing the way we want to,’’ he said. ‘‘I wanted to throw, and Herm said to wait a day.

‘‘In my mind, I’m going to start on Tuesday, but it’s kind of out of my hands,’’ said Sale, who missed his last turn when he experienced soreness in his shoulder.

Manager Robin Ventura said Sale is slated for Tuesday.

Hahn said the decision to skip Sale’s start Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox was ‘‘precautionary.’’ Hahn said he was concerned that Sale might ‘‘change his mechanics in some way or compensate in some way that was going to lead to an injury.’’

Nate’s night

Reliever Nate Jones had a 9.58 ERA in his last seven outings entering Friday, but he got two outs in the 11th, including a strikeout, to earn the victory. Hahn said the team has seen Jones have similar command issues in the minors and work through them.

‘‘It’s a little bit different to work through at the big-league level, but we’ve seen Nate come back from this before,’’ Hahn said.



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