Guillen: Beckham should play full season in minors

Published: 4/27/2009 12:06 AM

If Chris Getz winds up going down, Gordon Beckham is not coming up from the minor leagues to play for the White Sox.

So says manager Ozzie Guillen.

"This kid should play a full season down there," Guillen said of the Sox' top prospect. "If you see Beckham in the big league, we are in trouble. I want this kid to be a real big-league player. I don't want him to come here and fill up a spot, and then go back to the minor leagues."

While doing some defensive drills Saturday, Getz fractured the middle finer on his right hand. The rookie second baseman has missed two straight games and might land on the disabled list.

"It (ball) hit right off the top," Getz said. "It's a day to day thing. The fracture is on the tip of the finger. When I get grip strength back, I can (return)."

If Getz can't return in the next few days, the White Sox are likely to call up Jayson Nix from Class AAA Charlotte. Sidelined by a strained quadriceps for most of spring training, Nix is batting .385 (5-for-13) at Charlotte.

"Nix is playing pretty good," Guillen said. "He's playing good right now and he's healthy. I have (Brent) Lillibridge playing second, and we'll see what we can do about what we need."

Stepping up: Brian Anderson's defense has never been an issue.

Offense has always been responsible for holding the 27-year-old center fielder out of the starting lineup, but Anderson was 3-for-4 Sunday and he's batting a robust .349 overall.

"To me this isn't a sprint, it's a marathon," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But he's having great at-bats, and if he keeps playing like that he should be the center fielder."

If those sound like atypically nice words for Anderson from Guillen, so be it.

"I will, positive or negative," Guillen said when asked if he'll stay on Anderson. "That's the way I am, and how I do my stuff. All of his teammates are rooting for him. I'm rooting for him. I want him to have success. I want him to have a good career. I hope he steps it up to be what he can be."

Welcome back again: When he saw Ken Griffey Jr. in spring training, manager Ozzie Guillen joked that he'd stumbled on to an old timer's game.

The 39-year-old Griffey played with the White Sox last season after being acquired in a July 31 trade from Cincinnati. Griffey returns to the Cell tonight with the Seattle Mariners, a team he rejoined during the off-season.

"He never complained," Guillen said. "He did what we told him to do, and he went by the rules. Junior was unbelievable with us."