Konerko doesn't expect to be out for long


Konerko doesn't expect to be out for long

Paul Konerko strolled through the clubhouse Saturday afternoon looking like he just went 10 rounds with Manny Pacquiao.

His left eye was half-shut from swelling and the skin around the eye is spattered with bruises. But other than that, he says he's fine.

"I feel good," Konerko said prior to Saturday's game. "It's just a matter of getting the swelling down. No damage. No fractures. No problems with vision other than just seeing the swelling when I look out. So as soon as we get that out, I'll be good to go."

Konerko is ruled out of Saturday's game and while Robin Ventura said Sunday is a possibility, the White Sox skipper admitted it's more likely Konerko returns Tuesday with an off day on Monday.

"He seems fine," Ventura said. "As soon as he can see, he's going to play."

Konerko has been doing everything he can to get out on the field as soon as possible, but admits that he can't know for sure when the swelling will go down enough for him to see clearly.

"Yesterday, I could see out of it," he said. "I iced it a bunch of times before I went to bed last night. It was maybe halfway open or three-quarters of the way open. When I woke up this morning, it was completely shut and I knew it would be just because you can't ice it through the night.

"Since I've been here today, there's been a lot of improvement as far as how wide I can open it and how much I can see out of it. It's just a matter of time. It could be later on today, it could be tomorrow or I think worst case scenario, it could be Tuesday."

Konerko said he has no dizziness and tests have ruled out a concussion. He also said he was not planning on wearing a protective shield of any sort when he does return to the field.

"It was kind of a freaky thing," he said. "It can happen at any time."

While Konerko's plunking certainly upped the intensity of the crosstown series, the White Sox seemed more focused on getting their captain back than on extending the drama.

"It's tough to see one of your big guys -- your big run producer -- to go down like that," starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. "But hopefully guys will pick up the slack. We really need Paul to get back as soon as he can and do what he's done for us all year."

Konerko said he hasn't heard from Jeff Samardzija after the pitch, but he may be hearing from Cubs skipper Dale Sveum soon.

I feel bad," Sveum said. "I meant to (contact him), and then it got kind of crazy yesterday right after the game with everything going on...Ill call him today or see him on the field. Im not sure. Ill talk to Robin about how hes doing.

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.