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Beckham may begin rehab assignment this week

CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham wanted to be in Chicago for Opening Day, but his strained left oblique sent him to the disabled list instead.

The White Sox second baseman has played in a couple of Minor League games back at extended spring camp in Arizona. He could go on an actual Minor League rehab assignment this week or this weekend and could be back soon, according to general manager Rick Hahn. But the White Sox won't rush him.

"Obliques aren't something to be trifled with," said Hahn of Beckham, who is eligible to return on Satrurday. "Until he's 100 percent ready to go without restriction, we're not going to bring him back."

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