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White Sox's Beckham To Undergo Wrist Surgery

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 11, 2013 10:00PM

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will miss at least six weeks while he undergoes wrist surgery. Beckham suffered the injury while batting in Tuesday night's game against Washington. He and team doctors believed he only suffered a pinched nerve after an X-ray showed no break, but an MRI revealed he suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Beckham told the Tribune he "was moving it around the last couple days, I actually felt like it’s something I never felt before."

According to Wikipedia, hamate bone fractures are common among golfers who hit the ground with their clubs on their downswings but many notable baseball players including former White Sox slugger Jim Thome, future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., and steroid clown Jose Canseco.

The injury comes at an inopportune time for Beckham, who was hitting .316 in the early start to the season. Manager Robin Ventura will move third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second and platoon Conor Gillaspie and Angel Sanchez along with Keppinger between second and third base. Another option would be to recall Brent Morel, who is on the 40-man roster but currently playing in Triple-A Charlotte.