Beckham eyes rehab assignment date

CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham swung a bat for a second consecutive day Saturday and sounded confident that he would be able to go on a minor league rehab assignment by next weekend.

“I should be playing in a minor league game that Monday [May 20], if not before that,” he said.

Beckham broke the hamate bone in his left hand on April 9 and had surgery a week later, with the expectation he would be out for six weeks.

If he doesn’t have a setback and heads out to play this weekend, a three- or four-day rehab assignment could get him back at exactly the six-week mark on May 21 during a home series against the Boston Red Sox.

“It's been a pretty long layoff, but at the same time I've been at pretty much every game so I've been watching the game,” Beckham said. “It's just a matter of my body reacting to a game. That's pretty much it, because my mind has been in the games that we've been playing, so it's just a matter of getting out there for a couple days and getting back into it.”

Beckham expects to graduate from hitting off a tee Monday, when he switches to underhand tosses in the batting cage. He could be taking batting practice a few days after that.

Beckham was comfortable at the plate in the early going this season and was asked if it will be hard to get that feel back again.

“I don't think so because I know the way I felt and I still feel that way,” he said. “It's just a matter of going back and getting in games. I know the way I felt and I haven't lost that feeling.”