Gordon Beckham scratched during rehab stint in Birmingham
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 4, 2014 10:10PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson (45) hands the ball to manager Robin Ventura as he leaves during the fifth inning of a home opener baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ORG XMIT: MOCR115
Updated: May 6, 2014 6:17AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gordon Beckham is in uniform again, rehabbing his left oblique strain with Class AA Birmingham, but the White Sox aren’t about to rush their second baseman back into action.
Beckham was 0-for-3 as a designated hitter Thursday for the Barons, and he was a late scratch Friday night. Manager Robin Ventura said he was awaiting word on why Beckham didn’t play.
“Those obliques are tricky and we have to make 100 percent sure he’s ready to go and it’s not going to creep back up,’’ Ventura said. “I know he and said he felt fine but I wouldn’t expect him until after our road trip at the earliest.’’
The Sox play the Rockies in Denver on Monday-Wednesday and aren’t home till Thursday. They need Beckham healthy because he’s their best defensive second baseman and the younger options behind him, such as Marcus Semien, are unproven at the plate. The Sox also need Beckham healthy should they discuss him in trade talks.
Feelin’ all right
John Danks’ wait till the Sox’ fifth game for his first start is almost over. As good as he feels, his patience has been tested in anticipation of his start Saturday against the Royals.
“It’s been a while, but I’m ready to prove to myself and everyone else that I’m closer to where I expect to be,’’ said Danks, who is 18 months removed from shoulder surgery and feeling more like his old self.
“There’s really no comparison, really. It’s way different. Nothing hurts. I don’t have to worry about my shoulder. I’m going through my everyday routine as I did before surgery.’’
Rookie right-hander Erik Johnson had a rough start, allowing seven runs, 10 hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman.
“You get behind that much against a lineup like this and you just make it harder on yourself,’’ Ventura said.
Johnson failed to finish the fifth inning.
This and that
Ventura said backup catcher Adrian Nieto likely will get a start Saturday or Sunday, but Ventura might find it hard to rest Tyler Flowers, who was 3-for-4 after going 4-for-4 on Thursday. Flowers had seven consecutive hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Sox with seven since Magglio Ordonez in 2001.
◆ Avisail Garcia (0-for-4, RBI ground out) hasn’t had a hit in his last 13 at-bats.
◆ Alejandro De Aza is the first Sox to hit three home runs in the team’s first three games.