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Beckham still confident he'll play on Opening Day

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The seven days of inactivity for Gordon Beckham due to a strained left oblique ends on Saturday. And while Beckham doesn't have much to report until he swings the bat, the White Sox second baseman still believes he'll play on Opening Day.

"I don't think that's in question. I think I will be fine, I would say," Beckham said. "I know I haven't swung yet, but I can tell my body feels a lot better.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The seven days of inactivity for Gordon Beckham due to a strained left oblique ends on Saturday. And while Beckham doesn't have much to report until he swings the bat, the White Sox second baseman still believes he'll play on Opening Day.

"I don't think that's in question. I think I will be fine, I would say," Beckham said. "I know I haven't swung yet, but I can tell my body feels a lot better.

"I'm still doing rehab today, and then tomorrow I'm still getting moving around a little bit. But there's not much to report. I haven't tested it out. I haven't swung at all."

Beckham is not in any sort of pain, although there's still some soreness in the area. He believes that particular soreness is from scar tissue and will break up once he starts moving around.

"We'll see what happens when I start moving around," Beckham said.

While Beckham wants to test his oblique Saturday, manager Robin Ventura mentioned postgame Friday that White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider would probably hold him out until Monday.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.

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