White Sox missed Gordon Beckham in both roles
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 9, 2013 10:31PM
Oakland Athletics v Chicago White Sox
The White Sox were eager to get second baseman Gordon Beckham back from hand surgery for his defense, but manager Robin Ventura knew he was just as valuable for his offense.
Beckham has shown that since returning from the disabled list last week, going 8-for-26 (.308) in seven games. He’s hitting .311 overall.
‘‘Gordon isn’t a real eight-hole hitter. He’s grown up so much [at the plate], but it’s where he needs to be now,’’ Ventura said.
Beckham has tried to keep the approach he had in the first days of the season, before he injured the hamate bone in his left hand April 10.
‘‘Any time you have the bottom of the order contributing, you’ll be that much better,’’ he said after going 1-for-3 with an RBI on Sunday against the Athletics. ‘‘I still feel like it’s my 11th or 12th game of my season, but I have a good approach right now, and that’s what I’m focusing on.’’
Gavin Floyd will begin the first phase of the long Tommy John rehab process June 17. Range-of-motion work comes first. Floyd won’t pick up a baseball for at least six months in an expected 12- to 18-month recovery.
‘‘It’s a long journey, I know, but you take it one step at a time. I’m just excited to start the process,’’ said Floyd, who is spending time with the team for now.
‘‘Everybody heals differently,’’ he said. ‘‘Jose Contreras had the same surgery I had and came back in 10½ months. It’s possible, but I’m not going to hold to anything that I’d come back that early.’’
Floyd is in the final year of his Sox contract.
Former Sox star Mark Buehrle, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, returns to U.S. Cellular Field this week for the first time since leaving as a free agent after the 2011 season. Buehrle pitched for the Miami Marlins last season before being traded.
He isn’t scheduled to pitch in the three-game series, but the Sox are planning a pregame video tribute likely to include his April 18, 2007, no-hitter against the Texas Rangers and his July 23, 2009, perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Paul Konerko can move into second place today in games played for the Sox, trailing only Luke Appling (2,422). Konerko tied Fox on Sunday in game 2,115.
† Among the Sox’ 40 drafted players is Nick Parent, the son of bench coach Mark Parent. Nick is a 6-3 junior at Cal State Monterey Bay who plays first base. He was selected in the 36th round.