Gordon Beckham exited Tuesday’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and the White Sox just announced that he has a fractured hamate bone.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Beckham will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could knock him out until July.
Beckham has mostly struggled since a strong rookie season in 2009, hitting just .239 with a .664 OPS in his last 439 games, but the White Sox don’t have any great options to replace him at second base. They could shift Jeff Keppinger from third base to second base, but that may not be pretty defensively and would also require giving Conor Gillaspie regular work at third base.
Tyler Greene, who just joined the White Sox on a minor-league deal after being released by the Astros, is currently at Triple-A and could get a call-up. Another option would be recalling Brent Morel, who not so long ago was the regular third baseman in Chicago.
Released by the Astros last week, Tyler Greene has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox.
Greene was a first-round pick in 2005, but he’s hit just .224 with a .647 OPS in 266 games through age 29. He does have a little pop and good speed, so he could carve out a decent career as a utility man.
For now he’ll head to Triple-A, where he last hit .323 with 14 homers and a 1.001 OPS in 66 games for the Cardinals’ affiliate in 2011.
At the beginning of spring training Tyler Greene seemingly had a good chance to be the Astros’ starting shortstop, but today Houston released the former first-round pick.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow originally drafted Greene when he was with the Cardinals and figured he was worth taking a flier on, picking him up on the cheap in December.
Greene hit .167 this spring to play himself out of a job and the Astros snatched up Ronny Cedeno to be their starting shortstop last week after the Cardinals released him.