Rays INF Tim Beckham, former No. 1 pick, tears knee ligament

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Tim Beckham is expected to miss at

least a portion of next season after tearing the anterior cruciate

ligament in his right knee.

The No. 1 pick in the 2008 baseball draft was injured during an

offseason workout and will require surgery.

Beckham made his major league debut in September after batting

.276 with four homers and 51 RBIs at Triple-A Durham. The

23-year-old appeared in five games for the Rays, going 3 for 7 and

driving in one run.