CLEVELAND — The White Sox lineup featured five rookies again on Wednesday as Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham are out with injuries.
Adam Dunn has been given the day off, too.
Konerko is expected to sit after he fouled a pitch off his right knee during an eighth-inning at-bat on Tuesday and was removed from the game. Beckham will sit as he deals with a leg injury, manager Robin Ventura said.
Konerko said he expects to return to the lineup at some point before the 2013 season ends. The White Sox return home Thursday for their final four games against the Kansas City Royals.
“It’s just a little sore, but it’s nothing,” Konerko said. “It definitely shook it up a little bit. But it’s kind of embarrassing fouling a ball off of your back knee. You know, that’s something you don’t want to do. Your front leg is always in play. But your back leg, not too happy about that. That hurts more than the actual pain.”
Konerko said there’s no swelling because the ball struck him directly on the kneecap. He also expects the injury won’t bother him long term.
“We only have a few games left anyways,” Konerko said. “It will be fine. I’ll get back out there I’m sure. It’s not something I’m going to have to attend to or anything after we are done.”
Rookie Conor Gillaspie, who was hit by a pitch on Tuesday, wore an ice pack on his left elbow and forearm in pre-game but is OK to play. He’ll bat fourth and play first base.
The team’s lineup also features rookies Leury Garcia, Avisail Garcia, Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien.