Paul Konerko could be back Monday

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox captain Paul Konerko, currently on a minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham, could return to the team as early as Monday.

Konerko has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a back strain. While sporting a rare clean-shaven look, Konerko has one hit so far in the two games of his rehab assignment.

Manager Robin Ventura believes that Monday could be the day for Konerko's return.

“I hope so,” Ventura said. “I haven’t talked to him, but listening to what [the training staff] says, he feels pretty good.”