CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham was back in the lineup for the White Sox on Friday after missing five games due to a sore left wrist. He strained a ligament while swinging a weighted bat in batting practice warmups prior to last Friday's game against Atlanta.
"It's not getting worse," Beckham said before the series opener against Kansas City Friday. "I flipped two days ago and the next day it didn't get worse. I don't know if it got a ton better, and then today just getting ready for the game it feels OK."
Beckham wouldn't say how close to 100 percent the wrist is, but he said it felt good enough to get back to game action.
"I'm close to healthy," Beckham said. "There's definitely some soreness there, but I feel a lot better than I did last weekend so we'll go from there."
Beckham is hitting .325 in a season that was already shortened by a fractured hamate bone in the same wrist. He said there would be a little hesitancy getting back onto the field, but he's looking forward to contributing, especially at the plate.
"This is a totally separate incident from the other injury," Beckham said. "Yeah, there's a little bit of hesitancy in terms of [not having] played four or five days so you have to just get up there and battle, at least for the first couple of games, get back in the groove and pick up some hits and be right back where I was, hopefully."
Manager Robin Ventura said that Beckham has been itching to get back into the lineup and is ready to go.
"Yeah, he's ready to go," Ventura said before Friday's contest. "I think, you know, I think he doesn't like sitting on the bench too much, so he was a little bit restless the last few days, but he's feeling better. Again, with everybody we've got ... you've got to make them healthy, and once he got to that point where [White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider] cleared him, you know, we could put him in there today."
Ventura added that he doesn't foresee Beckham having to compensate for the wrist on defense.
"Again, that was part of not having him in there the last couple of days," Ventura said. "When he first did it you could see him compensate for it on throws down to second, things like that. So that was more the compensation, making sure he defensively felt comfortable and he could make those plays."
Crain prepares for extended rest after setback
CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, who had a slight setback in his rehab from a sprained right shoulder Thursday, said before Friday's game against the Royals that he would rest before starting things up again.
"Just take four or five days off, start throwing again next week," Crain said. "Let it calm down and see where it goes from there."
Crain also said that he would take a different approach to throwing again following the rest, since the shoulder didn't fare well following a 33-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and playing catch on Wednesday.
"I think our program coming back into it will be a little more conservative," Crain said. "We won't try to throw a 'pen probably as soon as we did I think. Everybody was trying, obviously we wanted to be ready before the [disabled list] deadline. So we might have thrown a 'pen a couple days before maybe I would, or at least this time we'll probably take a little more time getting to that step."
Crain, who posted a 0.74 ERA in 38 appearances before the injury, was considered a trade target for teams needing bullpen help as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches Wednesday. But since it's unlikely he will be able to pitch in a Major League game before then, he'll likely become a waiver candidate or stay with the White Sox.
Manager Robin Ventura said that it's important now for Crain to give the shoulder enough time to heal.
"Yeah, again it's one of those, it depends on how he feels," Ventura said. "I think yesterday he gets out there and it wasn't feeling quite right, and you just shut it down and wait for him to feel better and then start it back up again. So it's based off of how he's feeling more than anything else. I don't know if you can put a kind of a plan together without going through him first, so I think that makes sense."
"Just let it rest," Crain said. "That's always the best thing for it. Treatment, if you do laser or ultrasound, it only does so much. The best thing for anything healing is just rest."
Ventura reacts to prospect Rienzo's no-hitter
CHICAGO -- White Sox prospect Andre Rienzo pitched a no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte against Indianapolis on Thursday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked prior to Friday's game against Kansas City whether he recalled seeing the right-hander during Spring Training.
"Yeah, I saw him," Ventura said. "He was good; he didn't have that good of a game when I saw him, but he had just come back, I think he was leaving to go to Japan at that time to go pitch for Brazil [in the World Baseball Classic], so I don't think I saw him at his best.
"You see that sharp curveball and some command, and you know, pretty high energy guy. It's fun to see him go out there and enjoy it and you're happy for him having a no-hitter. But again, he's probably got to a point where he's improved from where he was in Spring Training."
Third to first
• Two White Sox scouts were at the Rangers' game in Cleveland on Friday, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. The Rangers and the Pirates have been the two main teams linked to White Sox right fielder Alex Rios leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
• Rienzo is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA (four earned runs in 29 1/3 innings) and has struck out 26 in two complete games over his last four starts.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.