Wrist could put Gordon Beckham on DL
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com July 22, 2013 10:09PM
Updated: August 24, 2013 6:38AM
Injuries continue to plague Gordon Beckham. The latest problem, a strained left wrist, could land him on the disabled list again.
‘‘It’s pretty frustrating,’’ he said Monday. ‘‘I think I’ve been unfortunate in a couple of different ways. It’s frustrating because if it was just this, I think I could be OK with it. But when you hurt yourself for two months and are finally starting to get comfortable playing, and for something to go wrong with your hand again, it kind of stinks.’’
Beckham missed most of April and all of May after having surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. He’s hitting .325 in 46 games since returning but was 1-for-7 on the homestand before sitting out Sunday and Monday.
Beckham said he hurt the wrist taking an awkward swing in batting practice Friday.
‘‘He’s pretty sore,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘We’ll have to see how it goes. You can never tell. You can’t say he won’t [go on the disabled list].’’
Jake Peavy said he felt sore after his start Saturday but threw his planned side session as he prepares for his next scheduled start Thursday.
Peavy could be the most coveted starting pitcher still on the trade market, and scouts who watched him Saturday privately said they were impressed.
He likely will get more attention Thursday, six days before the non-waiver trade deadline.
‘‘I understand it’s a possibility,’’ said Peavy, who doesn’t have veto rights and is under contract through next season. ‘‘You prepare yourself in life that it could happen. But at the same time, I have to prepare to face the Tigers on Thursday.’’
Konerko’s back in business
Paul Konerko was the designated hitter in his return from the disabled list for a strained lower back. He said he was encouraged by how he felt after three games for Class AA Birmingham.
‘‘I played three games and bounced back each day well,’’ he said. ‘‘I think I’m probably going to feel something in there the rest of the year, if not forever. But the difference is you can work through it and get loose. If that’s the only fight each day, I’m fine with it.’’
Konerko, 37 and in the final year of his contract, said he hasn’t decided if his back condition might lead to retirement.
‘‘I’ll weigh all that stuff when the time comes,’’ he said. ‘‘My back feels good now. Obviously, if it’s something where you can’t go, you can’t go. I had a back issue in 2006 that felt similar to this one when it first happened. I thought that was going to be an issue for a long time, and I got a couple of shots in it, and it kind of never bothered me again. You never know how these things can work out.’’