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Sox hope to have Beckham back in 2 weeks

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  • Tyler Flowers swings on an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.

      Tyler Flowers swings on an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.
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  • Alex Rios scores on a wild pitch in the fourth inning as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Barry Enright waits for the throw during a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.

      Alex Rios scores on a wild pitch in the fourth inning as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Barry Enright waits for the throw during a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.
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Dayan Viciedo came off the disabled list and played against the Angels on Friday after missing 16 games with a strained left oblique.

The White Sox are hoping to have Gordon Beckham back in the lineup on May 24, when they open a three-game interleague series against the Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Beckham, who had surgery on April 16 to repair a fractured left hamate bone, took 100 swings off a tee Friday afternoon. The second baseman hopes to go on a rehab assignment in about 10 days.

Beckham was off to a good start (.316) at the plate before breaking his wrist on a swing at Washington on April 9.

"The team's been struggling a little bit so it's tough to watch it," Beckham said. "It's one thing to go through it, because you're out there playing and you understand what everybody's going through. It's given me good perspective and hopefully I come back better for it."

Back in the swing:

Dayan Viciedo has one of the hardest, most violent swings in baseball.

After coming off the DL on Friday, Viciedo said he's not going to shorten it up.

"My swing is my swing," Viciedo said through a translator. "I actually tried a couple of times in Triple-A to do it the way I do it. It worked out fine, so that hasn't changed."

Viciedo was 3-for-15 in four rehab games with Class AAA Charlotte. He said his strained left oblique is 100 percent.

Stalled clutch:

Before Friday's game, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked about the White Sox' .210 batting average with runners in scoring position, the lowest in the American League.

Aware the Sox were also last in on-base percentage (.279), batting average (.227), runs scored (110) and slugging percentage (.375), Hahn wasn't interested in picking on one trouble spot.

"I'm not zeroing in strictly on how we're performing with runners in scoring position," Hahn said. "The offense across the board hasn't performed at its normal level, so there are subsets you can cut up that look worse than others. But at the same time, across the board it's not up to the level that we're expecting nor the level of the past performance nor the level we expect we're going to get going forward."

Still standing:

Not only are the White Sox running last in the AL Central, they're the division's only team with a sub-.500 record.

On the bright side, the Sox are one good winning streak away from getting back into contention.

"It's nice to know that we are not 15 games back because the other team is running away with it," Paul Konerko said. "But really, I don't know if that's much of a concern right now. It's more just trying to get ourselves right, playing well and playing good ball consistently. We've had games here and there that have been OK.

"We know it's a good division and we know there are teams out there playing well and will play well. You can't expect teams to come back to a poor level of play. Teams will play well. There seems to be in every division a couple of teams that get going and you try to be one of them."

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