Beckham, who broke the hamate bone in his left hand in April and missed nearly two months, hurt himself before Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves when he swung a bat with a weight attached.
He played in Friday’s game and again Saturday, but was not in the starting lineup for either of the next two games.
“I don’t want to go on the DL, but we just have to let it play out,” Beckham said. “The doctor said it could be a week, it could be more, it could be less. We don’t really know. We just have to see how it responds to not doing anything and hope it’s not as bad as it could be.”
There is never a good time for an injury, but it is especially frustrating for Beckham, who has a .325 batting average that would rank second in the American League if he had the qualifying plate appearances.
“I just want to play and that’s the bottom line,” Beckham said. “When you’ve missed as much time as I have this isn’t as much fun to take, I guess. I’m tired of not being out there. It’s been a tough year for a lot of different things, but that’s one of them.”
Beckham has been told the new injury is not an extension of the old one.
“They say it’s not related so we’ll just go from there, but it’s the same hand and pretty much the same spot, just the other side of the hand,” he said.
Manager Robin Ventura fears the DL might come into play for Beckham again.
“You never know with the hand, but it’s different than the hamate he had before,” Ventura said. “It is pretty sore, but you go day to day and see how he is tomorrow and the next day. You can’t ever tell. You can’t say he’s not going to (go on the DL) when there’s a chance he could. I hope he doesn’t.”