White Sox’ Gordon Beckham out with strained oblique

Written By BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter Posted: 03/15/2014, 04:56pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Second baseman Gordon Beckham has a strained left oblique and will have no baseball activity for seven days, the White Sox announced Saturday.

Beckham played in the Sox’ Cactus League game against the Indians on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Beckham appeared in 103 games last season, his fewest since his rookie season of 2009 (also 103) because of injuries, including a fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand.

He is the second Sox to be sidelined by a left oblique strain during spring training. Right-hander Matt Lindstrom is working his way back to action after a setback two weeks ago.

Oblique injuries have a way of lingering and timetables for returns are never cut and dried. Opening Day is 16 days away.

The Sox backups at second base include Marcus Semien, Leury Garcia, Micah Johnson and Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger has a sore right shoulder and has been limited to designated hitter duty. Prospect Carlos Sanchez was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte on Friday.

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