- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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Konerko has been off to a slow start this season, taking a .214 batting average, .273 on-base percentage and a .349 slugging percentage into play Tuesday. His batting average is 68 points under his career mark, while his on-base is 85 points lower and his slugging mark is off by 148 points.
The 17-year veteran hasn't played in the field as much as usual, with 17 games at first base and 16 as the designated hitter. Manager Robin Ventura said that less time in the field is all in the name of preservation for the 37-year-old.
Asked this weekend if Konerko is feeling fine physically, Ventura said there are no issues of note.
"No, I think it's just one of those things where I kept him off the turf in Toronto (April 15-18) for a reason," Ventura said. "I think it just gets harder with the weather. It's not like he's 55, but he is a little bit older than the average player. I'm just trying to take care of him in certain situations. He still needs to get out there and move around. I think it's good for him."
Reports out of Minneapolis said that Konerko did participate in early infield practice Tuesday.
There are no indications whether Konerko will play in Wednesday's afternoon series finale against the Twins. The White Sox then head to the West Coast for a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels that begins Thursday.
Since a modest six-game hitting streak that ended May 2, Konerko is batting just .152 (5-for-33) with a .200 on-base percentage and a paltry .182 slugging percentage. His only extra-base hit over the past eight games was a double on May 4 at Kansas City. He has just one home run since April 17.
The White Sox's complete lineup Tuesday against Twins right-hander Kevin Correia:
- 1. Alejandro De Aza, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Dayan Viciedo, DH
6. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
7. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
8. Dewayne Wise, CF
9.Tyler Flowers, C
Jake Peavy is the White Sox's starting pitcher.
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