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Timing of Beckham call-up is what really bothered Guillen
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 6/6/2009 8:17 PM

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Contrary to widespread public opinion, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen does not have a problem with top prospect Gordon Beckham making it to the major leagues after playing just 59 games in the minors.

"I think he came up at the wrong time, not because it's so early or so late, because we're not playing well," Guillen said. "It's easy when your team is playing well, but when you're not you feel part of that and it's not easy for them to handle."

Called up from Class AAA Charlotte on Wednesday night, Beckham started at third base Thursday and Friday and was a combined 0-for-6. On Friday, the 22-year-old was 0-for-3 and was retired on 3 total pitches.

Beckham was not in the starting lineup Saturday.

Guillen was much more irritated with the intense media coverage of Beckham's arrival.

"It's nice when people like you, but it's not easy because all of the sudden you put a lot of pressure on yourself and you try to do as much as you can to impress people," Guillen said. "I talked to him and said, 'Just go out and play your game. Don't worry about what they say because sooner or later, they'll want you out of here.' I read the papers, like 30 different articles about it.

"Those same people that write the articles, they will tell me, 'When are you going to send Beckham back down to Triple-A?' That's the way it is; that's the way things should be. If you're not playing good, they'll be all over you."

Take a break: Wrapping up a whirlwind week that included a marathon bus ride from Toledo to Charlotte and a sleepless night Wednesday after getting called up by the White Sox, Gordon Beckham almost welcomed Saturday's day off.

"It's not going to hurt," Beckham said. "I've been playing a lot of games. There's a couple road trips in Triple-A that we drove 10 hours after a game we finished. We left at 12 o'clock that night and drove 10 hours and played the next day. And then we played two games there in Charlotte, so it's been kind of hectic. This will give me a chance to kind of relax and sit back and watch it and get going hopefully the next day."

Still waiting: Jose Contreras is coming up from Class AAA Charlotte to start during Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Tigers.

Nothing is official, but manager Ozzie Guillen is leaning toward pitching Contreras in Game 1, with Clayton Richard going in Game 2.

When Contreras comes up, one of the Sox' left-hander relievers (Jimmy Gobble or Wes Whisler) could be sent back to Charlotte.

The White Sox could also take Bartolo Colon out of the rotation.

"That's going to be a very interesting move," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Sometimes you don't want to be the manager when you're going to make those moves. But it's a move we have to make."