CLEVELAND -- The White Sox recalled right-hander Deunte Heath from AAA Charlotte on Friday and placed second baseman Gordon Beckham on the disabled list.
Beckham, 26, will have surgery early next week for a broken hamate bone on his left hand. He is expected to miss six weeks.
Heath, 27, is 0-0 no runs allowed and six strikeouts over three innings at Charlotte. Last season, Heath was 4-3 with a 1.48 ERA over 67 innings at Charlotte. He pitched in three games for the Sox, allowing one run over two innings in two games.
The Sox have used their bullpen more than desired of late. No starter was able to finish six innings in the recently completed three-game sweep by the Nationals in Washington, and manager Robin Ventura said on Thursday that an extra pitcher would be a possibility with Beckham going down.
Infielder Angel Sanchez, outfielder Dewayne Wise and catcher Hector Gimenez comprise the White Sox bench.