In a season that has gone horribly wrong in so many ways, the White Sox actually received a break with the return of Paul Konerko.
His injured back might have been considered day-to-day, but Konerko revealed on Tuesday that the situation was looking much worse than that.
“I thought there was no doubt that I was going on the disabled list,” Konerko told Comcast SportsNet.
After tweaking his back during a swing in Kansas City a week ago Sunday, Konerko woke up the next day and could barely move.
“I had trouble doing simple everyday things, like putting on clothes,” Konerko said.
It stayed this way for three days.
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He eventually had an MRI on his ailing back last Thursday. He also received six injections in the back which helped significantly. Saturday, he felt pain free while taking batting practice.
He’s back in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter.
“Through Friday I wasn’t sold. I took some swings Saturday, wasn’t ready, but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Konerko said.
With Konerko out, the White Sox proceeded to lose five of six games to fall even further out of the race. It’s at the point now where trades seem to not be a matter of if, but when.
“Sometimes this stuff happens,” Konerko said about the team’s struggles. “Every year there are a couple of teams that just don’t get off right and have a hard time righting the ship. It’s not any one person’s fault. Not a coach’s fault. It just happens. There’s no answer for it. The only answer is that you got nine innings and get after it. You can’t worry about tomorrow and sure can’t change what happened before today. We got tonight. Let’s get after it and see what happens.’’