Paul Konerkos wrist surgery and recovery has gone so well hes a little frustrated he didnt have it done earlier.
The White Sox slugger, who begins his 15th season with the club, said Friday his surgically repaired left wrist hasnt hindered an offseason hitting program that began earlier this month. Konerko feels lucky because he knew almost immediately hed heal quickly, enough to where he played golf within two weeks of the Oct. 4 procedure.
Had he known how easily the procedure was, Konerko --- who hit .298 with 26 homers and 75 RBIs in 144 games last season --- thinks he might have had it performed earlier. The first basemandesignated hitter contemplated having the surgery done the previous offseason and said it bothered him for a week in June until he had a minor procedure.
There was no way of knowing that until we went in there and got it out, Konerko said. But within 10-12 days after the surgery, I felt like I could have played in a game. So that was frustrating in one sense. I wish I would have done it earlier, which was probably my own fault.
"But there was no way of knowing what was going to happen when they went in. It could have been three months. Had to dig in there for what they were looking. It is what it is. Its done. I havent had any discomfort or pain, other than at the beginning with the actual scar under the skin that had to heal up.
Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.
Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?
How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.
Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.
Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.
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“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”
Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.