It took INF Tim Beckham a long time to get to the big leagues, and, as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft, he took a lot of abuse along the way before making it in September.

But just when he could feel some satisfaction, his career took a cruel twist as he tore the ACL in his right knee during a December workout and is expected to miss at least half the season.

"Just a little bit more adversity I have to go through," Beckham said Friday. "Everybody's path to the big leagues isn't the same. It isn't as clean or as clear as you want it to be. As a man, you take whatever life throws at you and you roll with it."

Rather than preparing for an encore, Beckham spends almost his entire day in the trainers' room going through various rehab stations. "It's a bummer, man," he said. "But I've got great teammates helping me stay positive and helping me out."

Beckham, 24, was not likely to make the club's opening day roster, but a solid spring to follow up on the good impression he made in September would have positioned him well to be summoned from Triple A if/when there was an opening.