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Beckham and his right hand - we have a problem

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447325969.jpgDETROIT - It isn't often that Gordon Beckham doesn't have a smile on his face.
That's why it was obvious on Tuesday that the White Sox second-year second baseman was experiencing some high levels of concern with a right hand that was hit by a pitch on Aug. 30, and still not showing signs of improving.
The pain became so bad before Game 2 of the Tigers series that Beckham was scratched from the start with no timetable for a return.
"I'm not sure if we'll get it looked at again or not,'' Beckham said. "It's interesting because it seems like it hurts in a different place every day. The pain just moves around my hand. It's frustrating because the first thing we looked at said it's not broken. You would think it would be feeling a little bit better. So I don't know. I don't know what we're going to do or anything.
"I can't swing a bat like I'm capable of so I have to get out of there. I've got to give our team the best chance to win and I don't feel like ... I can't really hold on to the bat. You need both hands to swing.''
Beckham initially was given four days off to rest the hand when it happened in Cleveland, returning Saturday in Boston. He was still receiving treatment, but Tuesday was a setback. To what extent? That remains to be seen.
"Obviously, you're concerned when it hurts,'' Beckham said. "I'm not really sure what's going on. I don't know why the pain is jumping from different places. There's not much I can do about it. I think I just have to rest it and hopefully it'll get better. I don't know.''
Manager Ozzie Guillen felt confident that there were enough bodies to hold down the fort for a short time, and his hope was that Beckham would be back sooner than later.
"Well, we got people out there,'' Guillen said. "Other guys have to step it up. This kid [Beckham] has been playing very good for us. We still have people there who can help us. I don't think it's going to be anything of that magnitude where he'll be out 15 or 20 days. I hope not.''
For now, Guillen will lean on Omar Vizquel at second base, with Mark Teahen at third. With the rosters expanded, he also has Brent Lillibridge, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo as options.
As for Beckham, he's hoping that a few more days of rest will do the trick, as he would love nothing more than the chance to build on a .333 batting average with 14 doubles and seven home runs over his last 47 games.

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Another non-story from the drama queen. Beckham will be back in the lineup in no time.

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