WASHINGTON -- At this point, not much is clear regarding Gordon Beckham and his injured wrist. But here's one thing the White Sox and the infielder do know -- the next few days will give them a better look at whether Beckham can return quickly or will head for the DL.
Beckham left Tuesday's series opener in the third inning due to nerve irritation in his left wrist, an injury that happened when he swung at a 2-1 pitch from Washington starter Gio Gonzalez. A day later, Beckham said he's taken anti-inflammatories and been undergoing lots of treatment, but still doesn't know the final answer.
"I think tomorrow will be the big test," Beckham said before Wednesday's game. "If I wake up and it feels better, I think it will be fine. If not, we'll probably have to do an MRI or something."
Manager Robin Ventura also agreed that wait-and-see is probably the right attitude to take at this time. He said Beckham could help with running and doing some things but will not be swinging a bat, and they'll probably know by tomorrow if the infielder might be headed for the DL.
"You kind of prepare for it, but you hope it doesn't happen," Ventura said. "[The] chances of it happening, the next couple of days we'll know."
Beckham said a best-case scenario would probably get him back on the field on Friday. However, he's still not swung a bat yet, wore a large bandage/brace on the hand in the clubhouse before batting practice and is hoping for the best.
In the end, Beckham said patience truly will be a virtue here.
"I'd like to be back on the field as soon as possible," Beckham said. "I don't want to rush this and make it a worse thing for the entire season. As much as I want to get out there, that's the smarter play."