Paul Konerko looked like he got slugged in the mouth, and that's what he said getting hit in the face by a pitch felt like.
In Thursday night's loss to the Twins, Konerko was drilled in the left side of the face by Carl Pavano in the first inning.
The White Sox captain said the beaning was not intentional, and Pavano sent over a note of apology after the game.
"I think he was just trying to come in," Konerko said. "The pitch got up; I was looking down over the middle and that combination... That doesn't cross my mind. You can tell when a guy releases a pitch whether it's with a purpose or it got away, and that got away."
Konerko's lower lip was a little swollen, but he looked pretty good. He wasn't in Friday night's lineup vs. the Tigers, but Konerko expects to play Saturday.
"I feel OK," PK said. "Just a fat lip, obviously, and my nose is sore. Other than that, not much. It looks a lot worse than what it is. Anytime you get hit up in that area, your first thought is the eye. You want to make sure both your eyes are OK, or at least your left one. After that, just checking my teeth and after that, everything is kind of replaceable."
Heard some talk on the radio earlier today that Mark Buehrle did the wrong thing by hitting Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer leading off the second.
Are you kidding? Buehrle did exactly the right thing, and he didn't need to wait to throw at Delmon Young or Joe Mauer.
He took care of the matter right away, and Konerko appreciates the protection.
"I don't need to see Mark do that to know he protects his guys," PK said. "He's the one guy over the years that not only will go out and do it, but gets it done. I think everybody handled it right. Mike Cuddyer was perfect. He knows the game. Everybody involved in that little situation last night handled it perfectly. Unfortunately, you don't see that too much nowadays."
Here are tonight's lineups as the Sox play out the string after getting swept by the Twins:
Pierre -- LF
A. Ramirez -- SS
M. Ramirez -- DH
Jones -- CF
Teahen -- RF
Castro -- C
Kotsay -- 1B
Morel -- 3B
Lillibridge -- 2B
Jackson -- RHP
Jackson -- CF
Rhymes -- 2B
Damon -- DH
Cabrera -- 1B
Kelly -- LF
Raburn -- RF
Peralta -- SS
Inge -- 3B
Avila -- C
Scherzer -- RHP