UPDATE: According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Beckham hopes to play Monday against the Red Sox.
11:01 AM: A disappointing start to the season for Gordon Beckham just got worse.
Beckham was hit just below his left eye on a throw from center fielder Alex Rios in the third inning of last night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Beckham underwent a CT scan and X-rays at a hospital last night, which revealed no fractures.
There’s no immediate timetable for Beckham’s return, but as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the 24-year-old second baseman was fortunate he didn’t suffer a more serious injury.
“It looked like he fought (Manny) Pacquiao,” Guillen said. “He was lucky. It could have been worse.”
Beckham is batting .230/.291/.345 with four home runs and 15 RBI over his first 185 plate appearances this season.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.
The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.
It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.