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Gordon Beckham did not test his strained left oblique Saturday, marking his eighth day of inactivity since suffering the injury while taking postgame swings March 14. Beckham sounded certain Friday that he would be ready for Opening Day, but Ventura wouldn't make the same guarantee Saturday.

"I know what he would like but he does have to get through Herm's tests to make sure he's ready to go," said Ventura, referencing White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. "And you have to protect guys who want to go out there.

"Everybody finds Opening Day important to be there, be on the field for Opening Day, but we have a long way to go. Make sure he's completely healthy before we send them out there."

• After exiting Friday's game against the Cubs with cramps in his right leg, Tyler Flowers returned to catch two innings in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Giants. Flowers also has been battling flu-like symptoms.

"I just couldn't get it to go away," said Flowers of Friday's cramps that caused him to leave with a 1-2 count during an at-bat. "I knew I was done [after that at-bat] so there was no point in trying to push through it in that situation."

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