Paul Konerko says he’s not thinking about being traded
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com June 29, 2013 9:46PM
Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo makes the catch on a fly ball by the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning. | Charles Cherney-AP
Updated: August 2, 2013 7:17AM
Veteran Jim Thome accepted a trade from the White Sox to the contending Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 31, 2009. It was his chance to get to the playoffs again.
Sox captain Paul Konerko isn’t ready to consider that scenario yet.
‘‘I’m not going to get into that,’’ he said Saturday. ‘‘I’m just trying to get back on the field. I don’t know many teams that are going to want a guy who can’t play. Until I get back out there and start doing some things, that’s off in the distance.’’
Konerko, 37, took swings for the first time in five days, testing his sore back after receiving pain injections Friday.
‘‘There was no sharp pain or anything making me afraid to take a swing,’’ he said. ‘‘I was a little stiff, but I hadn’t picked up a bat since Sunday. You always feel a little awkward not touching a bat in five days. It wasn’t a stellar performance or anything, but it was enough to where I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.’’
The progress makes a move to the disabled list unlikely, but manager Robin Ventura said he likely would wait until Tuesday — after the Sox’ day off Monday — to play Konerko again.
A healthy Konerko, who is hitting .348 with two home runs and nine RBI in his last 14 games, could be a marketable commodity to a contending team, as Thome was. But he has full no-trade rights in the final year of his contract.
‘‘My goal is to get this going here and try in the next three or four weeks — until they have to make those decisions on everybody in here — to see if we can get good and see what happens,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t have any answers right now.’’
Outfielder Dayan Viciedo was back in the starting lineup Saturday after his baserunning gaffe in Game 1 on Friday against the Cleveland Indians led to his benching in Game 2.
‘‘You’re not in the doghouse forever,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He knows [his mistake]. If it’s in play, you run hard.’’
Viciedo responded by making a couple of sparkling defensive plays and going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
‘‘I tried to stay as calm as possible and play hard,’’ he said. ‘‘I tried not to let [Friday] carry over. It was good compared to [Friday].’’
Outfielder Casper Wells, who pitched the ninth inning of the Sox’ 19-10 loss in Game 1 on Friday, last pitched eight years ago at Towson State.
‘‘I wouldn’t say it was like riding a bike, but I tried to stay relaxed and have fun with it,’’ he said.
Wells was the first player since
former Minnesota Twins outfielder Dan Gladden on May 7, 1989,
to pitch in one game of a doubleheader and start in the outfield in the other, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Right-hander Simon Castro earned a call-up from Class AAA
Charlotte to help the taxed bullpen. Optioned to Charlotte was right-hander Brian Omogrosso, and third baseman Brent Morel also was sent back after Conor Gillaspie’s paternity leave expired.