Thursday, October 4, 2012
Sox's Konerko has surgery on wrist
First baseman Paul Konerko had surgery to remove a loose body from his left wrist on Thursday, and the Chicago White Sox captain is expected to be ready for spring training in February.
Konerko, who had the procedure at Rush University Medical Center, plans to return to his offseason home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday. He will have the sutures removed in 7-10 days before meeting with a White Sox hand and wrist specialist.
It's the second procedure Konerko has had on the hand/wrist this year, and he also had one last season. Konerko, who said he has had the fragment since 2009, missed two games last season because of soreness, and then had a fragment dislodged in May and missed two games.
"It was not a factor in (my swing in) any way other than in early May after I had that procedure done it hung around a little longer," Konerko said on Tuesday. "At that time, we were playing the Dodgers and Cardinals so, it wasn't a good time then. I really never had surgery before other than that. I have no reservations about my wrist in the future."
Konerko batted .298 with 26 home runs and 76 RBIs this season, his 14th with the White Sox. He needs one hit to tie Frank Thomas for third place in franchise history with 2,136.