Second baseman Gordon Beckham rejoined the White Sox with no ambitions to return to shortstop on a full-time basis.

"Yeah, for a game or two," Beckham said when asked if he could play shortstop after playing there for two games during his eight-game minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. "I don't think I'm a permanent solution at shortstop.

"I hate to say I couldn't do it for a whole season. I'm so used to second base I don't know how that would be. It's different, but I know I could fill in if Alexei (Ramirez) got hurt or something."

Beckham described his two games at short as "awesome. I had a lot of fun doing that. It was a blast from the past."

The bigger question for the Sox will be how manager Robin Ventura allocates the playing time among Jeff Keppinger, third baseman Conor Gillaspie and Beckham, the Sox's starting second baseman for the last three seasons who was an All-America shortstop at Georgia.

Beckham returned to second base Monday night for the first time since suffering a fracture of his left hamate bone on April 9. Keppinger, who filled in most of the time at second while Beckham was hurt, moved to third and the left-handed-hitting Gillaspie was on the bench against left-hander Joe Saunders.

"You can mix and match, who's swinging it (best), who you're facing," Ventura said of his options.

Beckham sported a wrap on his left hand but said he was more concerned with not trying to put more pressure on himself in the wake of the Sox's struggles.

"I'm going to play and compete and do it the right way," said Beckham, who was batting .316 in seven games before his injury. "Hopefully I at least go out there and hustle a little bit and you show some pride, I guess."

Ventura said facing major league pitching for the first time since early April will be Beckham's biggest challenge.

Balancing act: Hector Santiago is trying to correct an unusual problem he says dates to his youth.

Left-handed-hitting batters are hitting .300 (15-for-50) against the left-handed Santiago, compared with .207 (23-for-111) by right-handers.