Paul Konerko will give it a try Thursday vs. Blue Jays
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 6, 2012 11:10PM
White Sox third baseman Orlando Hudson shows the ball after diving to snag a liner off the bat of Yan Gomes in the second inning. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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The pitchers: Henderson Alvarez (3-5, 3.75 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.05).
Updated: July 8, 2012 7:03PM
Manager Robin Ventura’s expectation that Paul Konerko would return Wednesday after having a floating chip fragment flushed from his left wrist was overly optimistic. Konerko was out and said Thursday is a possibility.
The American League’s leading hitter fully expects to play Friday against the Astros.
“It popped in on the day off,’’ said Konerko, who had a similar procedure done last June. “Then the race was on.
‘‘This thing has been in there since the 2008 season. It’s just one of those things where sometimes it would pop in there in the morning, and I would somehow manipulate it out of there by the time I needed it. That’s kind of how it always was. The last two years were the only two times where it ever got in the way of actually playing.’’
Konerko said he will have surgery after the season to take care of it once and for all.
Danks ‘ready to go’
John Danks (left shoulder strain) threw all of his pitches in a full-bore side session, said he feels great and is waiting to hear where he’ll go for a rehab start before rejoining the team.
“This was leaps and bounds from where we were just last time,’’ Danks said. “I threw all four pitches pain-free for strikes, and I’m ready to go, man.’’
Danks said he could’ve gotten hitters out Wednesday and needs only one rehab start. There’s a good chance he’ll pitch against the Dodgers in Los Angeles next weekend.
“I was throwing the ball where I was trying to throw it and making it do what I wanted it to do,’’ Danks said. “It has been a good day.’’
Ventura didn’t rule out the possibility of Kosuke Fukudome (ribs) going on the disabled list if he doesn’t improve soon. Fukudome has seven hits in 41 at-bats (.171), and his starts have been limited with outfielders Dayan Viciedo, Alex Rios and Alejandro De Aza all playing well.
Draft’s a wrap
The White Sox’ final tally for the draft showed 12 high school players among the 41 chosen in the three-day event.
“We certainly wanted to address getting a little bit younger,’’ scouting director Doug Laumann said. “Some of our past drafts, we’ve taken some older guys to supplement some of the things we have going on at the big-league level. We’ve had some success doing that. We’ve got some guys obviously now in the big leagues that are contributing to our team to be where they are now.
‘‘But, at the same time, it might have come at the expense of sacrificing some guys at the lower level, and we wanted to address that this year.’’