Konerko to DL? Keppinger to Yankees?
It's been one injury after another for the White Sox this season, and Paul Konerko is the latest player to get bitten by the bug.
After missing Tuesday and Wednesday's interleague games against the Mets with a sore lower back, Paul Konerko had an MRI Thursday and six pain injections on Friday.
While the Sox’ 37-year-old captain said he feels a “little better,” he sat out Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field and is also out for Game 2.
Konerko said he’ll try to swing a bat Saturday. If he’s still unable to play, the disabled list is a definite possibility.
"If I do get to swing a bat tomorrow or test it out, I think at that point I would know," Konerko said. “If I couldn't do it, I don't want to hold them up. I don't want to be holding the team hostage with one less guy. We'll see. I haven't tested it really at all. I'll be honest with them and let them know. If that's what needs to be done, that's what needs to be done."
Konerko last played Sunday, at Kansas City.
“It was a long, tough game but there was nothing in that game that made me think I did anything to anything,” Konerko said. “It was just a game. I got up Monday morning and couldn't even erect myself, standing up tall for most of the day. The three days after that were pretty much the same, just a lot of soreness, no stability, no ability to really move. Really, really bound up. It just kind of came out of nowhere.”
Adam Dunn is playing first base in Game 1, with Jeff Keppinger handling designated hitter duties.
-Earlier today, the Sox reinstated Conor Gillaspie from the Paternity Leave List. They are allowed to use 26 players for today’s doubleheader, so Brent Morel is still on the roster.
-The last-place White Sox are rumored to be in sell mode as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches.
Keep an eye on the Yankees, who are looking for a third baseman. They tried signing Keppinger to a free-agent deal over the winter before the infielder agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Sox.
With Gillaspie and Morel on board, the Sox would likely jump at the chance to trade Keppinger, who is batting .317 over his last 23 games and .229 overall.