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Friday, September 12, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Paul Konerko to play this season

By on 9/12/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Chicago White Sox shut out the Oakland A's on Thursday by the score of 1-0 to improve to 66-80 on the season. The White Sox scored the only run of the game on a home run by Marcus Semien. On the injury front, Paul Konerko, who plans to retire after the season, could return during the final few weeks from a fractured hand.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on September 5 that Konerko, who suffered a fractured hand on September 2, would miss at least a week, but wants to play before the end of the season.

An update on Konerko, as reported by Aaron Gleeeman of, is that the worst case scenario for Konerko would be that he'll play sometime during the final four games of the season. Konerko feels he could go out there even if the injury isn't completely healed.
"Once I know it’s good, it’s not like I have to go through a program of building it back up. If I can hit a pitched ball, I’ll be available the next night. Or that night. There will be some discomfort, but it’s enough that I can keep on it and not have to worry about it setting me back any more."

Konerko, in his 18th Major League season, is batting .220 with five home runs and 22 RBI this season. The veteran has played all but 81 of his 2.342 career games with the White Sox and is a career .279 hitter with 439 home runs and 1,412 RBI.

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