NEW YORK -- Manager Ozzie Guillen is worried about the way Gordon Beckham is carrying himself.
Beckham is the midst of a 3-for-39 slump and going back even further he is 6-for-55 in his last 16 games. He started the season batting .355 (11-for-31).
“I’m concerned about his body language,” Guillen said. “I’m not worry about people making outs. As long as you get good at-bats and your body language is positive, then I can live with that. The only way you come out of it is playing. He’s going to play. It’s another test for this kid. Hopefully he handles it like he handled it last year.”
Mired in a first-half slump in 2010 that nearly got him sent back to the minor leagues, Guillen admitted last week that he stood up for his young player and prevented the demotion. Beckham recovered with a strong second half.
Beckham had a prime chance to do damage in the second inning Wednesday, coming to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out. He struck out looking and the White Sox ended up not scoring in the inning.
Beckham was told about Guillen’s comments and asked how he was handling himself during his slide.
“I mean, you know, it is what it is; I feel fine,” he said. “We’re going to have bad games. I’ve had three pretty good games before this. You’re going to have bad games. I can’t say my body language has been bad other than tonight. I haven’t really even asked anybody and nobody has said anything. I haven’t heard that until just now.
“It’s going to happen. I’m going to strike out. I wish it wasn’t with the bases loaded in a game we need, but it’s going to happen so I just have to live with it.”