White Sox put Paul Konerko on waivers, but there are no real worries
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 13, 2013 10:56PM
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox prepares to bat against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on August 13, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Tigers AT WHITE SOX
The facts: 1:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32 ERA) vs. John Danks (2-9, 4.52).
Updated: August 14, 2013 12:21AM
Paul Konerko was placed on waivers Tuesday, which caused a stir because of who he is. It doesn’t seem to be a major concern.
If Konerko is claimed by noon Wednesday, the claiming team can negotiate a trade with the Sox, who also can pull him back. Konerko’s no-trade clause also allows him to block any deal. This time of year, players are routinely placed on revocable waivers to gauge interest, and this move didn’t seem to amount to anything more than that.
Konerko, who was batting . 233 with two homers over his last 20 games since coming off the disabled list, said he hasn’t given it any thought.
‘‘As a player you’re just trained that you hear stuff all the time,’’ he said.
‘‘Everybody goes through waivers,’’ executive vice president Ken Williams said.
Williams wouldn’t guarantee that Konerko, whose contract expires after the season, will be a Sox till the end of it but said, ‘‘Assuming all natural things, yeah, I would be surprised [if he wasn’t here].’’
Of the 37-year-old’s future, Williams said, ‘‘That’s a difficult one because you have a guy that you respect so much. He’s going to have his jersey retired eventually. Beyond that, I don’t know what [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] might have planned. He’s one of the White Sox’ all-time greats. I think it’s premature and disrespectful for me to talk about an ending to such an esteemed career and person before he starts talking about it. I don’t want to touch it.
‘‘I’ve had a couple of lengthy conversations with him and certainly know that he believes he can still do this and do this at a high level. Let’s let him just play.’’
Garcia strikes against ex-mates
Avisail Garcia, 2-for-13 as a Sox going in, tripled in two runs in the fourth against the Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer and scored on a bad throw into the infield. The two-out hit gave the Sox a 3-1 lead. The Tigers traded Garcia two weeks ago.
‘‘These are all guys he’s either good friends with or he looked up to,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘He’s still probably trying to impress them.’’
This and that
Hector Santiago pitched five-plus innings after having a root canal. He allowed six hits and four walks but left with a 3-1 lead.
†Dayan Viciedo missed his fifth game in the last seven with a sore left thumb.