CHICAGO – Gordon Beckham was back Friday, but not all news was good on the White Sox’s injury front.
Freddy Garcia, who left each of his last two starts with a bad back isn’t expecting to be ready to pitch when his spot in the rotation comes up Sunday.
Garcia had an epidural shot in his lower back Thursday, but said he won’t know if it was effective at least until Saturday. He said he could use a between-start bullpen session, before he returns.
Bobby Jenks, who has been out of action this week because of a forearm strain, said he has no timetable for a return. Because he took anti-inflammatory medicine for a back injury last month, it’s too early to have another dose, meaning he will have to heal the natural way.
Beckham, who was out of the lineup for all three White Sox defeats at Detroit because of a sore hand, played second base Friday against the Royals and was in the No. 8 spot of the lineup. His usual No. 9 spot went to September call up Brent Morel, who was playing at third base.
If Garcia doesn't end up pitcing Sunday, Lucas Harrell is the leading candidate to pick up a spot start.
Matt Thornton would likely pick up a bulk of the save situations if Jenks is out for an extended period, although manager Ozzie Guillen said he wouldn't be afraid to use rookie Chris Sale in that role.