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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Paul Konerko returns to Sox lineup

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing six games with lower back pain.

The Sox veteran received six pain-killing shots on June 28 to relieve soreness in a degenerating disc in his lower back.

“Rest was what I had, but it will be good to move around,” Konerko said. “I needed the rest at first, but after a while you get sore from sitting and laying around. Now the last little piece is to get out there. Don’t hold back, just air it out.”

The White Sox enter this three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles playing their worst baseball of the season and sporting the second worst record (32-47) in the American League .

Konerko has no miracle solution to turn around the season for his team. At this point of his career his first concern is staying healthy and getting back on the field full-time.

“There is always a little bit of that ‘hold your breath’ thing, not knowing what to expect,” he said Tuesday. “After playing so many games in your life if you miss 10 days there is a little bit of suspense. I think the back is at a point where the last little bit of getting out here and letting the adrenaline take over will help.”

Before getting injured Konerko had a seven-game hitting streak . He was hitting .407 with a home run and five RBIs during the streak.