Paul Konerko OK after evaluation
"Yeah, he was checked out today, everything's looking good," Ventura told reporters in Toronto before facing the Blue Jays. "Tomorrow, he'll probably start riding a bike and doing physical stuff.
"I don't know if he's going to do a whole lot of baseball stuff. But he will start to get some activity in to see how that goes, and we'll move on from there. But things are progressing. I would imagine once he starts doing baseball stuff, they're going to check him after that and make sure that stuff goes away. But for right now, slow stuff, most of it was just to rest. That was the key to (the last) four days."
Konerko didn't accompany the first-place White Sox to Toronto but will meet them in Kansas City. Ventura, who said White Sox personnel were happy with Konerko's progression, was asked if he'd be surprised to see Konerko play when he becomes eligible on Friday.
"I thought about it, and in some ways you would think that because of what has happened, and looking at him the first couple of days," he said. "I'm not a doctor, but you don't know how quickly that's going to subside and he's going to feel better. It's not like he has an injury like an arm or something, it's more how he feels.
"You've seen some guys and it's taken them a long time to get back, and some guys it hasn't taken that long. You cross your fingers and hope it's Friday."