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Rays INF Beckham set for ACL surgery

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An offseason workout backfired for Tim Beckham.

The Tampa Bay Rays rookie infielder recently tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while training, and he is set to undergo surgery Tuesday, MLB.com reported. Beckham likely will miss a large portion of the 2014 season.

"I'm looking at it as a minor setback that happened in a freak accident during a workout," Beckham told MLB.com. "So I can't really do anything about it. I can't beat myself up over it. I was trying to get myself better. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it comes with the territory.

"Athletes get hurt. I can't do anything about it right now. [I] just [have to] play the cards that I've been dealt. I know I'm going to make it through this. God has a plan for me and he wouldn't put me in a situation I couldn't overcome. I'll be all right."

Beckham, 23, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. He made his major league debut this year, going 3-for-7 with one RBI in five September games. Beckham spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Durham, hitting .276/.342/.387 with four homers, 51 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 122 games.

He was projected to start the 2014 season with Durham, though a strong performance in spring training might have been enough to earn a spot on the season-opening roster.
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