After beaning Sox slugger, concerned Samardzija called to check on Konerko
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 26, 2013 8:23PM
Updated: May 26, 2013 10:07PM
CINCINNATI — If there’s any bad blood lingering between Jeff Samardzija and Paul Konerko, or Konerko’s teammates, it’s news to the Cubs pitcher, who faces the White Sox on Monday for the first time since hitting Konerko in the head with a pitch a year ago.
“I talked to him a few days after it all happened and made sure he was all right,” said Samardzija, who had given up a homer to Konerko in the previous at-bat in that game on the South Side.
“I didn’t really say too much. I said it got away from me a little bit. And I think he was trying to take me over the bridge, so he got a little excited, and it just kind of got in on him a little bit.
“It wasn’t the best situation ever, but it is what it is. He’s a tough dude. We kind of had a little laugh about it.”
Konerko left the game and missed the next two.
Samardzija expects it to be baseball as usual in his return to the scene.
“We just look for a few hard-nosed games that we’re assuming are going to be close and probably come down to the wire,” he said.
DL again for Fuji
Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is headed to the disabled list for the second time with what looks like an aggravation of the forearm injury that sidelined him for a month already, manager Dale Sveum said.
What’s unclear is the severity this time around after Fujikawa left Sunday’s game in the ninth after experiencing pain pitching to the sixth batter he faced.
Fujikawa signed a two-year, $9.5 million free-agent deal over the winter.