Beckham takes another step toward return

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Second baseman Gordon Beckham had a walk-off single Friday night during his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and remained on track for a return to the big leagues.

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Saturday he expected Beckham to be activated from the disabled list "in the next week if not sooner." He said he'll talk to general manager Rick Hahn on Saturday night and map out plans for a corresponding roster move for when Beckham is activated.

Beckham played only seven games this season before landing on the disabled list because of a fractured left wrist that required surgery. He appeared close to a return a week ago before soreness in his left wrist forced him to rest from May 25-29. But he went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI and two runs scored Thursday night against Toledo and went 1-for-5 Friday night with an RBI against Rochester.

"It went good," Ventura said of Beckham's rehab game Friday night. "Everything's positive. Again, that's one of those, how long is long enough? I don't know. He's kind of in charge of when he's ready to come off. It's not one of those things where he's going to hurt it or do anything to damage anything. I think his first thing was the initial reaction to playing and having it be sore. Now he's had it checked out and everything's good. Now it's just [pain] tolerance for getting it back in shape. It's up to him. We will welcome him any time."

Beckham hit .316 before being injured. With the White Sox struggling to hit, Ventura could use all the offensive help he can get.

"I've let him know that I'm ready for him whenever he thinks he's ready," Ventura said. "He'll talk with Rick and make sure that it's the right time, when he feels completely ready."