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Friday, September 5, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Paul Konerko out with fractured hand

By on 9/05/2014 07:45:00 PM

Chicago White Sox first baseman/DH Paul Konerko is set to retire upon the conclusion of the regular season. A fractured hand, though, could possibly make his retirement begin a little sooner.'s Scott Merkin reports that Konerko suffered a fractured hand bone when he left Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning. The White Sox said he will most likely miss through all of next week, but they hope he can return before the season ends.

In his Friday afternoon report, Merkin quoted White Sox manager Robin Ventura describing the injury as "day-to-day" but hopes that his former White Sox teammate will return to finish his career on the field rather than on the sidelines. Said Ventura,
"It's kind of day to day, but it's probably going to take longer than that. I would see him out at least a week and then kind of reassess after that. That's why he's not in there tonight. He won't be doing any baseball stuff for a while."
Merkin also said that the White Sox have told Konerko that he could not "do any more damage to the fracture by playing," but he will have to wait at least a week before performing any baseball activities.

Konerko has not received the same type of fanfare that the Yankees' Derek Jeter has enjoyed in his retirement tour. However, Konerko has put up career numbers that some may argue are favorable for Hall-of-Fame consideration: .279/.355/.478, 439 HR, and 1,412 RBI in his 18-year career. He has also made six American League All-Star teams.

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