The Chicago White Sox drafted Gordon Beckham five years ago as an All-America shortstop out of the University of Georgia, and Beckham returned to that position Monday night.

Beckham, in his third game on a minor league rehabilitation assignment, started for Triple-A Charlotte at Buffalo. Beckham hasn't played short since 2009, when he played 31 games there for Double-A Birmingham and one game for Triple-A Charlotte before he was moved to third base.

The move is somewhat curious because the Sox have been pleased with Beckham's defense since he moved to second in 2010 and that Alexei Ramirez has played short for the Sox since 2009 and is in the midst of a long-term deal.

Through the first two innings, Beckham retired Andy LaRoche on a grounder and is 1-for-2. Angel Sanchez, also on a rehab assignment, is playing third. Carlos Sanchez, the Sox's top infield prospect, is playing second base.