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Friday, April 4, 2014

White Sox' Gordon Beckham moving forward

By on 4/04/2014 04:30:00 PM

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, currently on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, started a rehab assignment on Thursday in Alabama with his sights set on a quick return to the big leagues.

Beckham told A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser that he's hoping his rehab stint with Double-A Birmingam will only last through the Barons' season-opening series against the Montgomery Biscuits.

Gordon Beckham
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“I feel pretty good,” Beckham said before the game. “But this is my first time out on the field in about a week.”

Beckham went 0 for 3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter against Montgomery on Thursday night.

The Barons' series against Montgomery concludes on Monday which puts Beckham in position to join the White Sox on the road in Colorado early next week unless he suffers a setback or needs more at-bats to get ready for MLB competition.

Beckham, the eighth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, hit .267/.322/.694 with five home runs, 24 RBIs and 1.0 WAR in 103 games for the White Sox last season. Fangraphs' ZiPS projection for Beckham this season is .254/.314/.373 and 1.1 WAR.

The 27-year-old's impending return to Chicago's lineup will most likely push infielder Marcus Semien out of the starting lineup and into a utility role for the White Sox.

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