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White Sox’ Paul Konerko could be late addition to Team USA in WBC

Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko watches his single against United States an exhibitibaseball game Tuesday March 5 2013 Glendale Ariz.

Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko watches his single against the United States in an exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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Updated: March 5, 2013 6:09PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Because of an injury to first baseman Mark Teixeira, Paul Konerko might be a late addition to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

Konerko, who got three hits against Team USA in the American squad’s first tuneup for the tournament, was mentioned as a possibility by USA manager Joe Torre.

“Joe said it on the way by it was a possibility,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “They’ll figure that out.’’

Ventura said he has no concerns if Konerko wants to play.

“It’s about getting ready,’’ Ventura said. “If he’s ready to go and play it’s his decision. He’s been around long enough to know if it’s going to help him get ready for the season.’’

Torre might probably prefer a left-handed hitting first baseman such as Prince Fielder.

“We’ll see,’’ Ventura said.

Team USA’s first game is Friday against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.



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