White Sox notes: Konerko says injuries not to blame for poor play

White Sox notes: Konerko says injuries not to blame for poor play
July 4, 2013, 12:30 pm
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They’ve been beat up pretty good, but Paul Konerko won’t make it an excuse for the team’s poor play.

Konerko said Thursday the White Sox have had “a fair shake” even though on Wednesday he and Jesse Crain were the ninth and 10th players to hit the disabled list this season. Last season the White Sox had 13 players go on the DL.

This team has suffered injuries to three of the five pitchers who were slated to be in the starting rotation. Among the regulars, Gordon Beckham, Dayan Viciedo and now Konerko will have missed time.

But it’s no different than anyone else, Konerko said.

“We haven’t been that unlucky,” Konerko said. “We’ve had a couple injuries, but if you match us up against any team I don’t think we’ve been any more injured. ... I don’t look at it like that’s been the biggest problem for us this year.”

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Konerko felt confident his back wasn’t a problem after he spent eight days maintaining it before he returned to the lineup on Tuesday. When it began to regress during his early work, Konerko knew he was in for a long day. Now Konerko feels like he has to start over.

“It felt like it was behind me,” Konerko said. “I had taken eight days off and gotten it all calmed down. Didn’t see that coming. ... It’s got to be one of those things I guess we have to calm down 100 percent to where I don’t feel anything because it was as good as I thought it could be.”

Mercy, it’s Purcey

David Purcey and Brent Morel didn’t get notice until Wednesday afternoon that they were needed in Chicago. The two, who took the places of Crain and Konerko on the 25-man roster, boarded a flight from Triple-A Charlotte at 3 p.m. and didn’t arrive at U.S. Cellular Field until the eighth inning of the White Sox game against the Orioles.

But that didn’t deter Purcey from enjoying his first trip back to the big leagues since 2011. Purcey, a former first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, has appeared in 87 games for the Blue Jays, Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers.

“It's really nice, coming in last night and walking out to the bullpen,” Purcey said. “Just hearing the crowd and the intensity of the game. It just brought back a lot of memories, and I'm just really excited to be here.”

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Purcey had a 3.03 ERA in 26 appearances at Triple-A Charlotte and 43 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. Those figures include a .146 batting average by left-handed hitters.

“Everything was working pretty well for me,” Purcey said. “Just making small adjustments and strides. ... I feel like I can get lefties and righties out. As a starter, I always got lefties and righties out. The bullpen's not much different, just later in the game.”

Peavy to throw Friday

Jake Peavy will throw a second bullpen session on Friday but manager Robin Ventura doesn’t think his starter will return until after the All-Star break. Peavy threw a bullpen on Tuesday and performed well, per pitching coach Don Cooper.

Peavy has been on the DL with a fractured left rib since early June.

“It’s getting better, it’s definitely here,” Ventura said. “It’s one of those injuries that it isn’t anything in his arm, so you’re just being careful when he’s going out there that he won’t relapse.”

Et cetera

-- Outfielder Dewayne Wise said he’ll stick with the White Sox through Friday afternoon before he heads to Charlotte on a rehab assignment. Wise, who has been on the DL since May, first with a hamstring injury and now an oblique strain, plans to take batting practice with the White Sox and then head out to Charlotte to start a rehab on Saturday.

-- Top pitching prospect Erik Johnson will have a precautionary MRI taken Thursday after he left Wednesday’s start at Charlotte early with a groin injury. Johnson is 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 17 starts between Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham this season.