It wasn’t that long ago that Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham was the next big thing.
A rookie season (103 games) that included 14 home runs, 63 RBI, 7 stolen bases and a .270 average was golden from anybody, let alone a middle infielder. However, three sub-par seasons later, Beckham has never fulfilled his promise but he’s hoping that 2013 will be different.
The Atlanta native started out the season on a solid note before it was quickly derailed, suffering a broken hamate bone just seven games into the season.
Now, with a successful rehab behind him where hit .333 in eight games, Beckham is back as the White Sox activated him off of the disabled list this morning. Tyler Greene for designated for assignment in the corresponding move.
Hamate injuries, which Beckham suffered, have become problematic for baseball players in recent years, leading many to suggest that players are holding the bats incorrectly – their fingers wrapped around the bat knob. The most famous of the hamate bone injuries comes from San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval, who in consecutive seasons, broke the hamate bone in each of his hands.
And yes, he holds the bat around the knob, if you were curious.