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Sox play it safe with Beckham
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Manager Ozzie Guillen welcomes Paul Konerko back to the dugout after Konerko scored on a hit by Chris Getz in the White Sox' 3-run first inning Saturday.


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Published: 9/5/2009 11:54 PM | Updated: 9/5/2009 11:55 PM

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White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham had to leave Saturday's game in the bottom of the first inning with a sore right side.

Beckham said he initially felt discomfort on his last swing during batting practice.

"I felt a little twinge in my right side," he said. "I didn't think much of it and kind of came in and walked around. I kind of got a little more stiff, a little more stiff. I talked to (trainer) Hermie (Schneider) and went out.

"I hit. It felt fine. I threw. It felt fine. And ran, I could feel it when I ran, I could feel it a little bit. I came back in and told him it hurts when I run. I guess Hermie kind of gave me the decision if I wanted to go or not.

"I said I wanted to go and when I went out on the field I just kind of felt it even more. It's like it stiffened up a little more. I don't think it's too big of a deal just because we caught it quick.

"So hopefully it will be a quick turnaround."

Manager Ozzie Guillen said Beckham will not be in the lineup Sunday against Boston.

Difference maker: Chris Getz was out from Aug. 12-31 with a strained oblique muscle. Over that stretch the White Sox were 6-13.

Coincidence? Perhaps, but the rookie second baseman is back in the starting lineup and the Sox suddenly are playing like a team determined to overcome long odds and mount a playoff push.

"I missed that kid," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Getz. "A lot of people talk about Gordon (Beckham), and Gordon has had a tremendous year; he made this ballclub a lot better. He may be the best player I have right now.

"But they don't know how important Getz is. As a lefty with a lot of speed, he makes the plays and he makes the bench better. He plays the game the right way."

Getz admits to being overshadowed by Beckham, who is his locker neighbor and a frequent media target.

But the 26-year-old infielder doesn't mind the relative lack of attention.

"Flying under the radar isn't so bad," said Getz, the Sox' fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft. "I'm just having fun. I'm going out there trying to prove to everyone I can play at this level.

"I just try to be a spark plug, get on base and try to create havoc out there."

New role: Daniel Hudson was an impressive starter in the White Sox' minor-league system this season, going a combined 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA in stops at Class A Kannapolis, A Winston-Salem, AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte.

Hudson made his big-league debut in Friday's 12-2 victory over Boston, pitching 2 scoreless innings.

As long as the White Sox feel they have a chance to chase down the first-place Detroit Tigers, Hudson will stay in the bullpen.

"I like the way he throws," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't remember a guy that came up to the big leagues and all of a sudden throws the way he did. Maybe because the game was open.

"I think it's a great move by (GM) Kenny (Williams) about bringing this kid who's got a chance to be here next year and see how things in the big leagues are handled."