MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Konerko isn’t surprised he’s out of the lineup again Tuesday based on a conversation he had with Robin Ventura a day earlier.
On Monday evening, the White Sox manager relayed to his veteran slugger how later in his playing career he benefitted from Joe Torre’s practice of giving him multiple days off to recharge.
Konerko, who is hitting .214 with four homers and 16 RBIs, also sat for Monday’s game and said he won’t be shocked if he’s out Wednesday, either. Ventura said the combination of two days off gives an older player renewed energy.
“The way he’s been feeling there’s nothing wrong with giving him two days off just to kind of reboot and feel better,” Ventura said. “It’s happened to other guys and when you feel that way, and you’re a little bit older, sometimes it’s better to kind of take a step back, get back in there tomorrow.”
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Konerko, 37, reiterated he has no physical issues other than regular baseball wear and tear.
He took part in Tuesday’s early defensive practice and in batting practice too after he took almost a complete day off from activity on Monday. Although he hasn’t been fighting at-bats, Konerko hopes to use the extra time to help clean up the finished product. Konerko is hitting .172 with a homer and five RBIs in his last 16 games.
“I could have played yesterday, I could have played today,” Konerko said. “So it’s not like I’m out for some reason. But I’m just trusting him on that and trying to make the best of it and use the time wisely to get back in order physically and just be ready to go when I do get back in there.”