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Nagging quad could sideline Beckham through Twins series

MINNEAPOLIS — Second baseman Gordon Beckham left during the fourth inning of the White Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night with a right quad strain.

Beckham said after the game, the Sox’ 10th loss in a row on the road that put them on pace for 100 losses, that he had been playing with discomfort in the quad. After he singled and scored on Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly during the first inning and grounded out to shortstop in the third, Beckham appeared to gather himself after sliding into third in the first but sprinted home on a short fly to center by Konerko. When Beckham grounded out in the third, manager Robin Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider thought it best to get him out of the game.

Ventura said Beckham could miss “a couple of days.” Beckham was replaced by Jeff Keppinger.

“Yeah, just something that’s been kind of nagging me but playing through,” Beckham said after the game. “I think it showed up more tonight than it had in the past, I guess.

“The second time when I ran the ball out they noticed me limping a little. That’s when they noticed it, I guess.”

Beckham, who has been limited to 67 games because of injuries, was obviously disappointed. He said it was the staff’s call, not his, to come out of the game.

“What I felt tonight I felt in other games, maybe a little worse, I don’t know,” he said. “It’s been something that’s been off and on, that I’ve been playing through it. It’s not something that seems to not let me do when I want to sometimes. When I get up to full speed I definitely feel it.”