CLEVELAND -- After placing second baseman Gordon Beckham on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 10) with a hamate fracture in his left hand, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Deunte Heath from Class AAA Charlotte before Friday's game against the Indians.
Beckham, 26, will undergo surgery early next week and is expected to miss approximately six weeks. He suffered the wrist injury during his second-inning at-bat on Tuesday against Washington. X-rays taken on Tuesday were negative, but a MRI on Thursday revealed the fracture.
Beckham had hit .316 (6-19) in seven games this season.
Heath, 27, is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (3.0 IP) and six strikeouts in two relief appearances with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder spent most of the 2012 season with the Knights, going 4-3 with a 1.48 ERA (11 ER/67.0 IP) and 74 strikeouts in 36 games (four starts). He also pitched in three games with the White Sox in his first major-league season, allowing one run in 2.0 IP over two games.
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