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Posted: Thursday June 4, 2009 1:57AM; Updated: Thursday June 4, 2009 1:57AM

Roundup: White Sox call up prospect Beckham

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Infielder Gordon Beckham, the Chicago White Sox's first-round draft pick in 2008, will be called up from Triple-A on Thursday, and Wilson Betemit will be designated for assignment.

Beckham was selected No. 8 overall last year after starring at the University of Georgia. He has batted .326 with, 23 doubles, four homers and 25 RBIs in 45 games at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season.

He has played shortstop, third and second. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he will could use Beckham in all three positions.

"One thing I'm worried about is can he handle all the positions I'm going to play him," Guillen said. "I'm going to give him a good percentage of at-bats coming to the big leagues."

The 22-year-old Beckham will reach the majors 364 days after being drafted. It's the fastest a White Sox first-round choice has reached the majors since pitcher Alex Fernandez made it in 58 days in 1990, the same year he was drafted.

Betemit batted .200 in 20 games. He was acquired in a trade with the Yankees last November.

Minor leaguer suspended 100 games

NEW YORK (AP) -- Free-agent pitcher Justin Mallett was been suspended 100 games Wednesday for testing positive for a drug of abuse, his second violation of baseball's minor league drug program.

Mallett was suspended for 50 games on April 11, 2006, also following a positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 27-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.68 ERA in five starts this season for Cincinnati's Double-A Carolina farm team in the Southern League and had no record in two relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville in the International League. He was released Friday.

The suspension will start as soon as Mallett signs with a major league organization.

Zambrano misses team flight

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs won't say if suspended pitcher Carlos Zambrano was disciplined for missing the team's charter flight to Atlanta.

Zambrano made his own arrangements to get to Atlanta for a series that began Tuesday. He had to miss his scheduled start because he's serving a six-game suspension for his tirade over a disputed call last week.

Manager Lou Piniella wouldn't talk about the missed flight before Wednesday's game, saying "it's been handled internally." Zambrano also declined comment.

Indians place Cabrera on DL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cleveland Indians infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, due to a sprained left shoulder suffered in a collision while sliding into second base.

The move was made before Wednesday's game at Minnesota, bringing the number of Indians players currently on the DL to nine. Outfielder Josh Barfield was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Cabrera's place on the roster.

Cabrera sprained the AC joint in his shoulder when he ran into the leg of Twins shortstop Brendan Harris while trying to break up a double play the night before. Cabrera had to be helped off the field in the first inning and was in severe pain.

Jhonny Peralta was in Wednesday's lineup for Cleveland at shortstop, with Luis Valbuena at second base.

Longoria not expected to go on DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is not expected to go on the disabled list because of a sore left hamstring.

Longoria, who leads the AL in voting for this year's All-Star game, was hurt running out a grounder in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's 6-2 win over Kansas City. He underwent tests that included an MRI exam on Wednesday.

Andrew Friedman, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations, said "the report is good" and that the Rays are "very optimistic that we can avoid a DL situation. He's a little sore. I'm confident that we will get him back soon."

Longoria is hitting .322 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 52 games this season.

Padres place Hairston on DL

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Padres outfielder Scott Hairston has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left biceps.

The Padres filled his roster spot Wednesday by recalling outfielder Will Venable from Triple-A Portland.

Hairston was hurt during an at-bat in Tuesday night's 10-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He had a team-high .327 batting average, with eight home runs and 23 RBIs.

Venable played in 53 games for the Beavers, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs.

Tiger Stadium fate sealed?

DETROIT (AP) -- Demolition equipment has arrived at Tiger Stadium ahead of the historic ballpark's expected demise.

Several vehicles arrived Wednesday at the site in the Corktown neighborhood.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. spokesman Robert Rossbach says a joint venture of two Detroit-area companies has been authorized to begin demolition when ready. He said work may begin as early as Monday.

Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers departed for nearby Comerica Park after the 1999 season.

Much of the downtown stadium was demolished last year. But a section stretching from dugout to dugout was spared while a nonprofit group tried to raise money to redevelop and preserve the remaining structure.

The city decided Tuesday to level the building.

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