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Gordon Beckham to return on Tuesday

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Not many teams would miss Gordon Beckham's presence in the lineup, but it'll be a welcome return for the veteran after he missed a chunk of April with a hamstring strain.

Bat it like Beckham, if you want to have a career wRC+ in the 80s yet still be better than pretty much all the Braves infielders other than Freeman.
Bat it like Beckham, if you want to have a career wRC+ in the 80s yet still be better than pretty much all the Braves infielders other than Freeman.
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Gordon Beckham last took the field on April 16 and suffered a hamstring strain that knocked him out for a few weeks. He'll return to the active roster on Tuesday:

Beckham's had a handful of PAs in Gwinnett on his rehab assignment and showed few ill effects, garnering two doubles to go with two singles and a walk in three games.

In 10 games this season before his injury, Beckham put up a potentially-unexpected .280/.357/.360 line, but this is just 28 PAs. In the "hey this sample is so small why are we even discussing it" category, though, the defensive metrics reacted with fire and brimstone to his defense. Still, you figure that his offense might regress back to his career average (which isn't very good), while his defense improves from being not quite so tawdry going forward.

In case you're wondering which AAAA player will be removed from the roster to make room for Beckham, it looks like it'll be Matt Tuiasosopo:

Touiasosopo didn't base in three PAs as a Brave, but at least he can say he's now worn three major league uniforms.

Overall, Beckham will likely provide marginal improvement to an infield that has recently featured Chase d'Arnaud (.300/.300/.300, 60 wRC+), Reid Brignac (.188/.188/.250, 11 wRC+), Kelly Johnson (.200/.279/.255, 47 wRC+), and Daniel Castro (.203/.244/.216, 24 wRC+). You'll notice I didn't include Erick Aybar here, for our collective sanity. Initially intended as a potential platoon option for an infield featuring Jace Peterson and potentially Kelly Johnson, Beckham might find himself in a starting role, especially if continues to hit something akin to what he's done in his 28 2016 PAs so far, as opposed to the offensive wasteland his presumptive competition has sown.