Paul Konerko sits vs. Yankees
CHICAGO -- Not only was Paul Konerko not available to the Chicago White Sox for Monday's 3-2 loss in the series opener against the New York Yankees, manager Ozzie Guillen suggested his captain would be out Tuesday, too.
Konerko, though, was not committing to a two-day break after he was hit by a pitch in the left knee Sunday.
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"I couldn't imagine taking a swing right now, but sometimes these things can go from when I had that thing with my wrist early in the year, that was on a Friday and I played on Sunday," said Konerko, who had a procedure done for an impingement in a wrist joint. "But probably on Saturday morning I would have said I was a few days away, it went quick. Hopefully it's something like that. You hope it's that and gets out of there quickly."
After X-rays of Konerko's knee Sunday came back negative, the White Sox called the injury a bruised left calf. Konerko, though, said it was more of a knee injury and that the main issue is that a nerve was hit by the Andrew Miller pitch. A bone bruise was also added to the diagnosis.
"There's not a lot of swelling like there is normally when you get hit somewhere, like in the elbow or the hand," Konerko said. "There's not a lot of meat where I got hit, a lot of bone. Some meat in there, but it's just stiff. It feels like more like a sprain rather than I got hit by something."
In fact, Konerko said it feels more like the sprained knee he suffered three seasons ago, but expects to come back sooner than he did with that injury.
"Every time I planted it [Sunday] it was just dead," Konerko said. "Now it's back, but I don't want to do it because it hurts. It'll be fine, it's just gonna go as quick as it goes."
The injury to Konerko prevented Guillen from resting Adam Dunn against a left-handed pitcher. Dunn, who played at first base Monday, is just 3-for-73 (.041) against left-handers this season after getting a single in three at-bats against Miller on Sunday.
The inconsistent White Sox began the day in third in the AL Central, four games behind division-leading Detroit. They would have dropped out of the race completely if not for Konerko, who leads Chicago regulars with a .305 batting average, 25 homers and 76 RBIs.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.