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09/05/09 8:19 PM ET

Beckham out Sunday vs. Red Sox

Third baseman exits in first due to soreness in his right side

CHICAGO -- After playing in 81 straight games and making 65 consecutive starts at third base, White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham certainly could use a day off or some sort of break.

That break comes on Sunday for Beckham, although it's certainly not the way he wanted to receive one.

Beckham exited Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field when Jayson Nix pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning. One of the top American League Rookie of the Year candidates felt a little twinge in his front right side during the final batting-practice swing he took, but he didn't think much of it at the time.

As it started to feel a little stiff, especially when he ran, Beckham informed White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider of the problem, and Schneider gave Beckham the decision if he wanted to start. Beckham made the start, but he didn't last long.

"When I went out on the field, I just kind of felt it even more," Beckham said. "It's like it stiffened up a little more. I don't think it's too big of a deal just because we caught it quick. So hopefully, it will be a quick turnaround."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has a rule that if a player exits early from a game, then he automatically sits out the next one. That rule could have been suspended where Beckham is concerned, with so much on the line for the team over these final 25 games, but Guillen said that Beckham wouldn't be part of Sunday afternoon's lineup against Boston.

"Maybe I'll give him a couple days off, and hopefully, he'll feel better tomorrow," Guillen said. "Hopefully, he'll feel better in the next couple of days."

"We did a lot of work on it," said Beckham, who joked how he really wasn't told what the injury was when asked if it was an oblique strain. "I can't imagine it will take more than a couple days."

Regardless of the team's situation, Beckham explained how getting a break due to an injury never can be considered a positive development.

"You never want to rest when you're hurt," said Beckham, who is 6-for-19 in his past five games and leads all AL rookies with 52 RBIs and 23 doubles. "I hate coming out of games. I never missed a game at [the University of] Georgia.

"It's one of those things that I don't like to do. But I'd rather miss a couple games here than risk missing the rest of the season."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.