White Sox's Gordon Beckham still out

Updated: September 8, 2010, 7:43 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

DETROIT -- White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham remained out of the lineup Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, while pitcher Freddy Garcia returned to Chicago to have his back examined.

Beckham has been suffering pain in his right hand after getting hit in Cleveland on Aug. 30. Beckham said Tuesday the pain was at its worst, but he said it felt better Wednesday and he was hoping to play.

"It still hurts pretty bad, but not as bad as yesterday," Beckham said. "I swung 10-15 swings, and it just felt OK. That probably would be stretching it. "I don't know when I'll be back, whether it's tomorrow or Friday, but I hope Friday. I think tomorrow is pushing it. If I'm not going to play tonight, it's probably better I don't play tomorrow and give it two days of rest."

Garcia's next start is in jeopardy.

"We want to make sure we take everything out of our mind how clear he is and how bad he is," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Make sure we know there is nothing wrong or there is something wrong. We'll find out. But in the meanwhile, I hope he does pitch but I don't think going to two starts for that and to fail both times, we'll figure out who is going to take his spot. But having J.J. [Putz] back, I think Lucas [Harrell] throw the ball well.

Beckham on the bench wasn't the only lineup shakeup Wednesday. Carlos Quentin was given a day of rest. And Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after missing two games with back stiffness.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.