Beckham cleared to play for White Sox
Second baseman set to return from abdominal soreness
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham was given a clean bill of health on Saturday and could be back in action during one of the two White Sox Cactus League games on Sunday.
"We'll see how he feels," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Beckham, who was scratched from Friday's game at Tucson Electric Park due to what is now being described as abdominal soreness on his left side.
"He's going to have full treatment today," Guillen said. "I talked to [White Sox athletic trainer] Hermie [Schneider], and he was excited about where he was. It's nothing bigger than what he thought."
Beckham felt tightness in his left side during batting practice prior to Friday's game with the D-backs, with the problem coming as he was taking infield. The White Sox and their young second baseman decided to err on the side of caution, with Beckham returning to Glendale, Ariz.
During the 2009 season, Beckham was out of action from Sept. 6-9 with a right oblique strain. But Beckham said from the outset that this malady didn't feel anything like last year's pain.
"No. That's what the doctors say. It's nothing we have to worry about," Guillen said. "The doctors say he's ready to go.
"When you hurt your side, you have to be really careful about it because you don't know what's going to be next. It's very good news. Hopefully he'll come back Sunday and play on a regular basis."
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Guillen is hoping to have his full lineup in place starting Monday night against the Angels, with half the team playing in Surprise, Ariz., against the Rangers and half at Camelback Ranch against the Royals on Sunday. He has a set lineup in his mind to face right-handers and another one to face southpaws ready to go over the last three days of action in Arizona.
"I have a pretty good idea what's going on," Guillen said. "I want them to turn the lights on after Sunday. We have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get ready for the season.
"Now we have guys playing nine innings almost every day to get ready. But we're going to play the guys in our regular lineup and maybe make changes here and there to see what we do. I think the pitchers have to step it up a notch.
"It's time for everyone to forget it is Spring Training and try to play the game we thought. If you have a good spring, it doesn't mean anything. But if you have a bad spring, it's time to move on and play the best you can the last week of Spring Training."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.