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Rays lose Beckham to torn ACL

Published Dec. 14, 2013

Torn right ACL sidelines beckham

Rays infielder Tim Beckham will miss a significant portion of the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

Beckham, 23, the top pick in the 2008 draft, made his major-league debut Sept. 19. Though he would have been a long shot to make the opening day roster, he likely would have seen action if the Rays needed depth or had an injury to a middle infielder.

Beckham was promoted after a solid season at Triple-A Durham, hitting .276 with four homers, 51 RBIs and a .342 on-base percentage. He was chosen by the Rays ahead of Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Giants catcher Buster Posey, among other present-day major-league stars.

The knee injury is the latest setback of Beckham's career as his progress has been slowed by inconsistent play and a drug-related suspension. He is said to have been injured working out, but no details were available.

Hak-Ju Lee, the Rays' other top middle infield prospect, is recovering well from surgery for torn ligaments in his left knee, but his status for the start of the 2014 season is uncertain.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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