A silver lining in Konerko's injury

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A silver lining in Konerko's injury

There's no replacing Paul Konerko in the White Sox lineup. If he's out one day, one week or worse, the Sox aren't better off for it. He's leading the team in OPS, is second in home runs and third in RBIs. And his leadership and professionalism are off the charts.

But at least for the next two games, the Sox can probably manage.

Coming into Friday, Dayan Viciedo didn't have a spot in the White Sox lineup this weekend. With no designated hitter, Adam Dunn was set to man left field for the first time since 2009. That meant Viciedo was going to be relegated to pinch-hitting duties, a role that could've lasted all weekend according to manager Robin Ventura.

But if Konerko has to miss Saturday and Sunday's games, that'll allow Viciedo to stay in the lineup. Dunn played two innings in left and was moved to first base when Konerko was hit in the face, giving way to Viciedo -- who went 1 for 2 on Friday, putting him at 9 for 18 in his last five games.

"We're lucky to have a lot of those options," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Paul will always be missed. Hopefully hes out shorter rather than longer. But we have to be able to go without him."

While Viciedo will get a chance to keep his success up if Konerko is out, the flip side is Konerko's recent success could be halted. With his home run Friday, Konerko is 20 for his last 49 with three home runs, eight walks, seven RBIs and an OPS over 1.000. To say he's been locked in would be an understatement.

"I feel bad for Paul, the way hes swinging the bat, to have that happen." Pierzynski said. "I just hope hes ok. I think hes doing all right and you never want to see that, no matter who it is."

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

The Cubs take on the Reds on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.

Catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10 ERA) vs. John Lamb (1-4, 4.78)

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Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

The White Sox take on the Twins on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.05 ERA).

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What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

When the Blackhawks traded Andrew Shaw it meant the team gave up a key player, but also got essential breathing room under the NHL's hard salary cap.

While losing Shaw is a blow, the team netted draft picks and salary cap relief. The move came just after Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen were traded for a pair of draft picks.

CSN Chicago's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers went on SportsTalk Live to talk about the Blackhawks' recent moves and what's ahead in the video above.

The question now becomes what's next? The Blackhawks have holes to fill heading into the season and now do have some room under the salary cap.

Myers said adding a veteran defenseman is arguably the top priority and Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd are mentioned as possibilities.

How the Blackhawks will replace Shaw specifically will be tough. Recently signed prospects Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz could help to add some depth, but it's hard to rely on those players right away.

Watch the video above to see the full discussion of what the Blackhawks can and should still do in the rest of the offseason.