White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham out six weeks with broken hamate bone in wrist
WASHINGTON -- Second baseman Gordon Beckham will undergo surgery early next week for a fractured left hamate bone and will be out for six weeks. “It’s frustrating,’’ Beckham said. “But it is what it is. We’ll get the surgery done and I’ll be back. The loss of Beckham puts a hit on the Sox middle infield defense. And, manager Robin Ventura liked the way Beckahm, his ninth-place hitter who was 6-for-19 (.318), was swinging the bat coming out of spring training. “That’s the whole thing,’’ Ventura said. “You take six weeks and it’s like spring training all over again. Especially …
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper fighting diverticulitis
WASHINGTON — The White Sox were without pitching coach Don Cooper for their first road game Tuesday after he went to a local hospital Tuesday morning with lower abdominal pain and learned he has diverticulitis. Cooper, 57, is day-to-day and could be back Wednesday but might need another day or two. Patients with diverticulitis normally receive intravenous fluids and antibiotics and no food by mouth. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen moved into the dugout to assume Cooper’s duties. ‘‘The continuity of how we do things will be a little bit different because Coop is not here,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘There’s …
White Sox not too concerned about Jeff Keppinger’s 1-for-21 start
After their No. 2 hitters batted a collective .221 last season, the White Sox were eager to see what signing free-agent third baseman Jeff Keppinger, a .288 career hitter and a tough guy to strike out, and putting him in that spot would do for their offense. They’ll have to wait, although manager Robin Ventura doesn’t expect it to be for long. ‘‘You look at his track record,’’ said Ventura, who gave Keppin- ger a day off Sunday after he had one hit in his first 21 at-bats with the Sox. ‘‘You kind of go from that.’’ Ventura said Keppinger, who …
Robin Ventura stands by the sacrifice
White Sox manager Robin Ventura knows the long ball can't be the only way. To that end, he tried to manufacture runs in Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Royals by bunting.
Sox's Ventura stands by bunts
Robin Ventura has been the beneficiary of five home runs that have produced two victories, but still defended his decision to bunt Wednesday.