Beckham suffers groin strain in loss to Orioles

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White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was pulled from the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday with a strained groin.  The injury, according to the Chicago Tribune, is being called “moderate,” but groin injuries can be pretty tricky.

Brent Lillibridge replaced him at second base and is likely to start there for the next several days.  He’s batting .359/.375/.641 this season with one home run and 13 RBI in 39 at-bats.

Gordon, meanwhile, is hitting .251/.308/.368 this season with six homers and 37 RBI in 351 at-bats.  He had a horrible start to the year, but has a 1.021 OPS since the All-Star break and looked to be coming around at the plate.  No word yet on when he might be back or if a disabled list stint will be necessary.

Comerica Park concession worker arrested after video emerges of him spitting in food

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Over the weekend an Instagram post emerged of a concession worker at Comerica Park in Detroit spitting on pizza crust before covering it with sauce and then, presumably, serving it to a customer. It’s pretty gross, so you probably don’t want to see it. But if you just can’t help yourself, here you go.

If you DO NOT want to go to that link, know that the employee was identified and arrested and could face charges. He has also been fired and Detroit Sportservice, the concession company which runs things at Comerica, shut down that stand. The guy who took the video was suspended for an unrelated uniform violation. There’s a minor dustup emerging between him and the company, as he claims that he tried to tell people about the spitting coworker and was ignored, but the story makes that seem fairly implausible. It sounds to me anyway like the concession company handled it about as well as they could under the circumstances.

In other news, many ballparks allow you to bring in your own food subject to certain restrictions. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad experience with ballpark food, but if that sort of thing worries you, perhaps you should investigate the rules for brown-bagging it in to the old ball game.