Gordon Beckham exited last night’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the White Sox second baseman “will be out of action on Wednesday and could be sidelined longer after suffering nerve irritation.”
According to Merkin no structural damage was found in an X-ray, but Beckham hasn’t had an MRI exam yet and he’s out indefinitely. “There’s no structural damage, but there is definitely some pain,” Beckham told Merkin. “It’s going to take a couple of days. It hurts now just standing here.”
Jeff Keppinger is expected to shift to second base in Beckham’s absence, with Conor Gillaspie taking over at third base.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.