Konerko's back not a major worry

June, 25, 2013
6/25/13
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura tried to downplay a back injury that kept Paul Konerko on the bench at the start of Tuesday's series opener against the New York Mets.

"A sore back; it's just tight," Ventura said. "It's one of those he's trying to work it out right now. He won't start. Hopefully he can pinch hit."

Konerko was slowed by a bad back during spring training, but Ventura said this issue was not related. The team captain also missed time with a sore neck earlier this month.

Ventura has been careful to not overuse the 37-year-old Konerko. The normal everyday first baseman has been in the lineup 33 times as the designated hitter and 34 times as the first baseman.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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