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The Savior Has Arrived: Beckham Called Up

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Apparently the White Sox' patience has run out. Gordon Beckham, the organization's top prospect, is to be called up prior to tomorrow's game and Wilson Betemit is to be designated for assignment.

Beckham spent just seven games in Charlotte and his hitting, which had been very good in Birmingham, was torrid in AAA - .464/.448/.679 - including six doubles. He also played six of those seven games at third base but had three errors.

Gonzales:

"He's going to play," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Where, we're going to find out. Is he going to play third base every day? I don't think so. But he will get plenty of at-bats. To me, he has to be in the lineup every day and get a good percentage of at-bats."

Guillen said he would bat seventh or ninth.

Merkin also speculates that Beckham will also see time as designated hitter.

Guillen is quoted as saying Beckham will be in the starting lineup tomorrow. He will be making his debut a day short of the one year anniversary of the White Sox picking him #8 overall in last year's draft. Purchase your tickets now, Sox fans - 1:05 start.

more after the jump on the other players directly affected by this.

Lost in this major news, of course, is Betemit who, as has been covered and discussed extensively on SSS, has been awful. With Jeff Marquez on Charlotte's disabled list with bone chips in his throwing elbow and Jhonny Nunez being merely acceptable at Birmingham, the return from the Nick Swisher trade has been unimpressive so far. Betemit may draw interest as a waiver claim due to his past status as a top prospect.

Josh Fields will also be working out at first base as he is likely now the backup to Paul Konerko. Fields did not speak to the media after the game.