Konerko suggested it had more to do with playing in 14 innings of Wednesday’s 16-inning game at Seattle and the team wanting to get him some extra rest. He did leave a game on the most recent road trip with a stiff neck, but said that injury is behind him.
Acting manager Don Cooper said Konerko would be available for pinch-hit duties.
Cooper is taking over as manager for the day with Robin Ventura back in California for the high school graduation of his daughter. Bench coach Mark Parent managed Thursday’s game, but he also is not on the bench Friday as he departed for the high school graduation of his son.
Ventura will return to manage Saturday’s game. Parent will return as bench coach Sunday.