Indians rookie Alex White placed on DL with finger injury

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A day after exiting his start after three innings with a finger injury, Indians rookie Alex White was placed on the DL Saturday.

The Indians aren’t sure exactly what White did to the finger while throwing a slider in the third inning against the Reds.  He did stay in to finish the inning.

“I have no clue what it is. I’ve never had this,” White said Saturday before going for an MRI. “It’s sore and swollen. We’ve been treating it—ice and stuff—but we can’t really do much until we know what the problem is.”

If the injury proves to be minor, it’s not much of a setback for the Indians.  They were expected to replace White in the rotation with the rehabbing Mitch Talbot next week anyway.  Talbot, who has been out since mid-April with an elbow injury, allowed three runs over nine innings in his two starts for Triple-A Columbus.

It actually might be a good thing in the long run.  The Indians wanted to keep White’s inning total down, and giving him a few weeks off now might allow him to make a contribution at the end of the year.  The 22-year-old White, a first-round pick in 2009, had a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Cleveland.

Tim Beckham to miss six to seven weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

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Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to miss the next six to seven weeks.

Beckham, 28, was originally diagnosed with a strained left groin. He sustained the injury during spring training and reaggravated it on Monday against the Indians.

Beckham was off to a slow start, batting .179/.247/.262 in 93 plate appearances. Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson should handle the hot corner while Beckham is out.